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Reference number

SM (10) 81/2/4 (11) 81/2/56 (12) volume 63/123

Purpose

Two designs (by Soane) and a record drawing, two dated 24 November 1807 (3)

Aspect

10 Elevation for a chimney-piece with wall plan underneath and detail, drawn by Soane 11 The same, more fully drawn out and with labels by Soane 12 The same, a neat copy for record purposes

Scale

(10-12) bar scale and (detail) full size

Inscribed

10 (Soane) A. Projects / before B 3/15, C. Projects / before B¼, black, Wall line, line of tablet, all of veined Marble and some dimensions given 11 (Soane) A project before B3/16, C project before B¼, All of veined marble / except E, Black, Line of Tablet, Line of fret, (pencil) Bristol, Liverpool (twice), check, Copied and some dimensions given 12 (office) A projects before B. Ö 3/16, C projects before B. Ö¼, all of veined Marble / except E, Black, line of Tablet and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

(10) Nov:24:1807 (11) Bank November 24 1807

Hand

(10) Soane (11) Soane office and Soane (12) Soane office

Notes

Drawings 10 to 12 are very similar designs for a chimney-piece. The jambs and corners are adorned with roundels (a large circle enclosing a smaller circle), which the inscription indicates projects from the surface of the frame by 3/16 of an inch. Similarly, the frieze tablet is shown to projects by quarter of an inch. A Greek key pattern has been added to the frieze tablet of drawings 10 and 11. The linings of the opening are sloped inwards, creating an emphatic profile that is Egyptian in character.

Drawing 11 also bears an inscription referring to 'Liverpool & Bristol', which indicates that this design was re-used for Bank of England branches in those two cities.

Drawing 12 is neater than the previous two drawings and, bound in a volume, is a record copy that might be shown to future clients.

Level

Drawing

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Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

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