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image SM (4) 50/1/18 verso

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SM (4) 50/1/18 verso


Presentation drawing


4 Attic floor plan; rough detail of mouldings and elevation of a coved ceiling (corresponding to the the Council Chamber design on verso); (verso) Plan of the Council Chamber


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


(upper case) Plans of the Alteration[s] (sheet trimmed), Attic floor, The Honble Wilbrah[am Tollemache] (sheet trimmed), Cistern, Bed chamber (five times), Passage, closet (twice), dimensions given in pencil

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey and pink washes, pencil, within double-ruled black wash border on laid paper (291 x 450)


attributed to Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-1794)


J Whatman


Drawing 4 is on a sheet that has been cut in half and re-used for a plan of the Council Chamber for the Board of Trade and Privy Council Office at Whitehall, dated 4 March 1825. The rough details and elevation in pencil on drawing 4 are designs for the Council Chamber, showing a coved ceiling (or segmental arch) springing from a pier.

The attic floor plan corresponds with drawings 1 to 3. The entire floor is shown in pink wash, indicating that it is a design for a new storey. It has five bedrooms, four of which have chimney-pieces. The bowed projection on the rear elevation in the ground floor is carried up through the attic storey, as shown in the elevation on drawing 3. The staircase is over the entrance hall. A cistern is included against its back wall.



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