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SM (60) 1/8/9


Record drawing of the north-west corner, as executed, by J.M. Gandy


60 Perspective looking east at the north screen wall and the north-west corner

Signed and dated

  • datable to before 1808


J.M. Gandy (1771-1843)


The finished attic consists of a pediment raised on an ornamented plinth over a lower attic stage that consists of five bays separated by panelled pilasters. A window in the centre bay opens into the attic, presumably to shed light into the attic that is a continuation of the rampart walk. Urns surmount the blocking course on both ends of the attic and a frieze ornamented with ox-heads and festoons runs along the entire front. An iron railing connects the pedestals of the socle and encloses the north-west corner.

The screen wall is shown with figurative sculptures in the blind windows, a feature that was not included in the built design, indicating that the drawing was clearly made before construction was complete.



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