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image SM (16) 47/2/59

Reference number

SM (16) 47/2/59


Working drawing for the sanctuary addition, 8 October 1789


16 Longitudinal section and half-cross section


bar scale of 3/11 inch to 1 foot


dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Octbr 8 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey and pink washes on cartridge paper with three fold marks (636 x 472)


Soane office


The open interior of the sanctuary rises two storeys and has a domed ceiling, measuring 29 feet 1/4 inches from the floor to the top of the entablature. Round-headed arches surround the apsidal transepts on two floors. Corinthian and Ionic orders mirror the interiors of the existing chapel, as do the mouldings. A catacomb is beneath the altar: drawing 16 shows the shelf-tombs and narrow passages.



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