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image SM (2) volume 41/79v

Reference number

SM (2) volume 41/79v


Design for a (?) stove, 7 July 1786


2 Plan and elevation


bar scale of 7/8 inch to 1 foot


Countess of Pembroke, 3"0, (pencil, Soane) 1.6 (twice), 1.0 (three times)

Signed and dated

  • July 7th 1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey and black washes, pencil, on laid paper (244 x 364) bound into 'Precedents in Architecture' SM volume 41


attributed to John Sanders (pupil 1784-90)


The drawing is for the west wall of the room that adjoins the front entrance vestibule (as in survey drawing 3). The fireplace appears to be faced with a screen; whether this is a movable or permanent structure is unclear. Having a triangular pediment and two anthemion acroteria, the screen resembles a cinerary urn or Grecian stele. A circular oculus permits a view inside to the hearth. A statue is situated in an apsidal niche centred on the wall.

The segmental-headed arches are altered in pencil to have a triangular form.

Drawing 2 is on a sheet with a design for Chillington Hall made by John McDonnell on the same date. See Chillington Hall, Staffordshire: alterations and additions for Thomas Giffard, 1785-90 (25), drawing 14.

Soane's Journal No 1 records drawings presented in July 1786 for alterations to the garrets and ante room. Further drawings for the ante room were made in November 1786, with a design settled in December. The Journal records frequent visits to Pembroke Lodge in January and February, suggesting that the designs were actually constructed.



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