57 (pencil) 12/6
Signed and dated
Drawings 56 to 61 are similar to the previous group of drawings but show the dome and vaults being constructed on top of the arches. Drawings 56 and 57 show one of the arches that would support the central domed lantern.
Drawing 58 (which continues across the double page directly from 57) shows the roofing process of the end-bay barrel-vault. Two bricklayers are shown on the right and two figures winching building materials up, are included on the left. The exterior construction of the end-bay barrel-vault shows lateral beams crossed by a thick layer of bricks. Photographs of the built roof show this part to be of ridged lead, which must have been added on top.
Drawing 59 and 60 are also two parts of the same drawing (carried across the centre fold of the sketch book) and show the high temporary roof, protecting interior construction work.
As they are undated, drawings 56 to 61 could be of either the later south or south-east Transfer Office.
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