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image SM 80/1/47

Reference number

SM 80/1/47


[2] Working drawing, April 1790


Detail for Entablature to Eating Room


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as above, James Oakes Esqr, A (twice) B (twice) C (three times), A equal to the width of a Console and recessed between / the Blocks B. ¾ of an inch / C Square. The ornaments to be used alternately, Cieling (twice), line of finished wall, Molding at K, full size

Signed and dated

  • 10 April 1790
    Copy April 10th 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, shaded, pencil on laid paper, one fold mark (531 x 636)


Sanders, John (1768--1826) - Library - Catalogs
John Sanders (pupil 1784-90)


The Doric entablature to the eating room at 81-82 Guildhall Street was appropriately decorated. The metopes were ornamented alternately with a head of Bacchus and two thyrsi entwined with ribbons and a grapevine. The consoles at the corners of the room also held a pine-cone in their lower scroll.
This working drawing would appear to be the copy of an original which was sent to the site. SM Journal 1 p. 142 records that on 10 April 1790 'Mr Soane [made a] Jo[urney] to Bury, took with him / 3 Workg drawings of finishings to Eating Room' for which journey the expenses were £3 14s 6d.



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