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image SM volume 42/9

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SM volume 42/9


[1] Alternative designs for a stair balustrade, 21 January 1790


Three elevations of an iron balustrade or railing, including variant motifs: lozenge with inset gilded rosetted disc; triple loop; and leafy double scroll; (verso) part of a compass-drawn scroll with (pencil) setting-out lines


bar scale of 3/4 in to 1 ft (approximately)


The Honble Lewis Thos Watson, Design for Iron Railing to Best Staircase at Lees Court, (Soane) For Mr Fellowes Esq (Esq cancelled), (client or another office hand) this is the / one approved of

Signed and dated

  • 21 January 1790
    Welbeck Street Jan: 21 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen, yellow wash on laid paper (286 x 223)


Soane office and Soane (Day Book missing)
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Soane office and Soane (Day Book missing)


(part) fleur-de-lis



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