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image SM (17) 81/2/72

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SM (17) 81/2/72


Design, c.1805


17 Elevation and section for a chimney-piece in the Barracks


bar scale


some dimensions given (verso) Chimney Piece in Barracks

Signed and dated

  • datable to c.1805


Soane office


The decorative scheme for the chimney-piece shown in drawing 17 indicates its position in the Barracks - it is inscribed for Barrack on verso - (which also indicates a design date of c. 1805). The mantel is surmounted by a row of 'cannon balls' and a central pediment is constructed from three of these 'cannon balls' in a pyramidal structure. Further 'cannon balls' are used for a base and capital, under and above each of the barrel-shaped jambs (the barrel-shape perhaps indicating gunpowder barrels). In this instance, ornament is distinctively used to denote building function.

A section on the right-hand side shows the same structure, to the same scale as the adjacent elevation.



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