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image SM 81/2/88

Reference number

SM 81/2/88


[8] Preliminary working drawing for a chimney-piece in the Tapestry Room, 5 June 1787


Plan and incomplete elevation lacking details of ornament


bar scale of 1/12 inch to one inch


(pencil) The Roses in the Pilasters & frieze / A to be Varied / AA These Plinths are not to be / Worked until directed / CC The Centers of the different / ornaments are to be perpendiculaly (sic) / one over the other, A A, C C, (tablet) Some Historical Subject / to be fixed on, Projection of Cornice, Wall line and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 5 June 1787
    Welbeck Street June 5 1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, pricked for transfer on laid paper (297 x 483)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate W



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