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SM (49) volume 71/51 (50) volume 71/52


Working drawings for the south front (2)


49 Plan; (verso) elevation and detail of the pedimented pilasters 50 Elevation and section of column


(49-50) to a scale


49 dimensions given; (verso) dimensions given 50 dimensions given


Soane office


Drawing 49 is a working drawing for the attic of the south front. The dotted line on the left-hand side of the drawing shows the arched entrance that leads behind the attic panels. The attic has fluted pilasters capped with pediments on four sides; these are shown in plan on the recto and in elevation and detail on the verso. The verso shows that each pilaster has a 1'9" base and 4'1"¾ shaft and is capped with a 1'5" tall pediment, and each is raised on a 9" block.

Drawing 50 is a working drawing for the base of a column. The section shows the capital of the column as attached to an overhang. An iron tie rod secures the top of the column to the eave, leaving a six inch gap between the capital and eave. The purpose of this gap is unclear.



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