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image SM (7) 81/2/49

Reference number

SM (7) 81/2/49


Design for bedroom chimney-pieces, as executed, datable to December 1788


7 Elevation of chimney-piece and detail section


to a scale


Countess of Pebroke, Richmond / Chimney pieces for 2 angle chimneys, one pair, marble, ¼ in / projection, marble, 1½ (three times) , 3'9, 3'1½, 4" (three times), 4½, 2¾, moulding / round stone, cap at large; (verso) Countess of Pembroke / chimney pieces / for angle chimneys / one pair

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen on laid paper with four fold marks (446 x 287)


attributed to Soane


fleur-de-lis over cartouche with GR below


Drawings for the chimney-pieces were made on 19 December 1788 and settled with Lady Pembroke the following day (Journal No 1). Drawing 7 is for the two bedrooms in the new addition. Both bedrooms contained a narrow corner chimney-piece (see drawing 14).

The chimney-piece is diminutive and feminine, having narrow dimensions, fine mouldings and simple ornament. The central plaque on the frieze is decorated with cabled fluting between stylized flowers set in relief roundels.



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