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image SM (12) volume 71/49

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SM (12) volume 71/49


Survey drawing of the attic over the Princes Street entrance, after 1816


12 Pencil half-elevation; detail of cornice; detail of ornament


to a scale


(pencil) feet, ¼ proj[ectio]n, 1½ projection

Signed and dated

  • after 1816 (watermark)


Soane office


T Stains 1816


Drawing 12 appears to be a working drawing for the attic but the watermark dates the drawing to after 1816, well after the Princes Street screen wall was built. Therefore the drawing could be a survey made for Soane's proposals for the new façades (see scheme 4:2). It shows in detail the built design for the attic: a panel between twin fluted pilasters and surmounted by a pediment with antefixes. The acroteria are outlined.



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