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Reference number

SM (9) 47/2/64 (10) 47/2/61


Working drawings for the basement (2)


9 Elevation of Catacombs; section; and wall-plan 10 Two sections of basement vaults; (verso) part-section of the vault


(9) bar scale of 2/3 inch to 1 foot (10) to a scale


9 as above, from the Plinth to the top of floor plate, level of altar floor the present, dimensions given 10 dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

(9) Pencil, pen and wash on cartridge paper (439 x 323) (10) pencil and pen on cartridge paper with four fold marks (372 x 321)


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The arches in drawing 10 are 9 feet 6 inches and 16 feet 4 inches wide. Drawing 9 corresponds with the section on drawing 16, having half-arches forming the vaulted catacomb. Plans of the ground floor and basement are on drawings 6 and 8.



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