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SM (4) 63/6/51


Preliminary design for a monumental tablet, 1815


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bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


(Bailey) Design for a Monumental Tablet to the memory of the Viscount Bridport

Signed and dated

  • (Bailey) 1816 but datable to 1815

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and Payne's grey wash, within triple-ruled and wash border on wove paper (340 x 425)


Soane office, and titles added later by George Bailey (Soane Museum curator, 1837-60), inscriptions on versos by Robert Baldwin (fl.1762-c.1804)


J Whatman


Drawing 4 shows a rectangular panel surmounted by a Grecian pediment, with three anthemion acroteria and palm leaves in the tympanum. Ships' prows have been inserted in the corner stops. An apron is attached below the tablet, containing an armorial shield and flanked by bugles and flags.

Drawing 4 incorporates the naval decorations Lady Bridport suggested in her letter of 14 January 1815 (see Notes to drawings 2 and 3). The tablet is 3 feet 6 inches wide and 5 feet 4 inches high.

Drawing 4 is dated by George Bailey as '1816' but this date is inacurrate; the drawing was probably made in 1815. It is likely that George Bailey inscribed the date well after it was completed when he served as Soane Museum curator, 1837-1860.



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