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SM (17) 47/2/60 (18) 47/2/65


Working drawings for staircases, one dated 21 December 1789 (2)


17 Longitudinal section and cross-section of the staircase; two exterior elevations; plan of the staircase on the first floor; and plan of the staircase on the ground floor 18 Plan and laid out elevations of a different staircase


(17) to a scale (18) bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot, approximately


17 dimensions given in pen and pencil 18 dimensions given, risers numbererd 1 to 7, 10 to 23, (pencil) Staircases

Medium and dimensions

(17) Pencil, pen and grey and pink washes on cartridge paper (534 x 312) (18) pencil, pen and pink wash on cartridge paper with four fold marks (361 x 350)


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As shown in plan on drawings 7 and 8, there are two staircases ascending to the galleries and one descending to the catacomb. Drawing 17 shows the basement stair and drawing 18 shows one of the stairs to the gallery.



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