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Reference number

SM 77/4/6


Working drawing for a three-part, pedimented window, 27 July 1791


4 Plan, elevation, section and details, (verso) unfinished (pencil) full size details for a cornice (with scribbled cancellation marks) and panelling that includes two upright ovals (re-used from the demolished house?)


1/9 inch to one foot approximatedly and full size


for Chilton Park Lodge July 27.1791, All the Heights not given must be / regulated by the old Sash frames proposed / to be used, A projects (added in pencil) before B ½ inch / C projects before D ½ inch / E projects before F 1½ inch, omit the bed mould[ing] in the / Pediment, This window is / to contain one / pane of equal / dimensions with / the panes of / the Center window , The side / sashes should / be in two in (sic) / height but / left prepared / for hanging / only, sunk 3 inches, labelled AA BB CD FEF and G; (right-hand side) Depth of the Tympanum, Section through the / Center of the window G / shewing the Mouldings / at large, Error this must / be 2 inches, must be / 1½ and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Great Scotland Yard and Copy July 27 1791 (and dated again as above)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and yellow washes on wove paper with two fold marks (565 x 682)


Soane, dated by an office hand probably Frederick Meyer's (pupil 1791-6)


The best known type of tripartite window is termed Palladian (but also called a Venetian window or a Serliana) and consists of a central opening that is arched and wider than the side openings which have flat heads.
Drawings 1 and 3 show several pedimented tripartite windows together with a single-light version. In those drawing, the pediments are the full width of the window and the mouldings are plain (square-cut). Both types have an arresting detail which is a 12 x 5 inches plain 'triglyph'. However, the working drawing catalogued here modifies the details so that the centre opening of a tripartite window has a moulded pediment and each pilaster has a vestigial capital - the starker and more Soanean design is lost.
Soane's office Day Book for 27 and 28 July 1791 has an entry by Meyers 'Copying working drawing / of Venetian Window to / Chilton lodge' . Thus the office retained the drawing by Soane and a copy was dispatched to the builder; an entry for the following day has 'Mr Morland / Left at Mr Piper's a / drawing & Section of / the Venetian Window / to Chilton Lodge'.



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