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SM (53) 10/4/9


Working drawing for an antefix, copied 2 February 1805


53 Detail; (verso) rough elevation and full size detail of an antefix


¼ full size


as above, The Bank; (verso) as above, The Bank, 5"¼, 1'4"½, 1:4½

Signed and dated

  • Copy / Febr 2nd 1805; (verso) Copy / Jany 30th: 1805


Soane office




Drawing 53 could be a working drawing for the attic. The antefix is beside the end of the pediment and resting on the supporting plinth, as opposed to later designs (see drawings 54 to 56) that show the antefix resting directly on the pediment (a more conventional antefix). The antefix surrounds a semicircular leaf ornament.



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