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Reference number

SM 81/2/12


Working drawing


Plan and detail of a Chimney Piece for Chambers


bar scale of 1/16 inch to 1 inch and Plan full size


as above, Rene Payne Esqr, Wood (3 times), Marble (3 times) and 6" (3 times)

Signed and dated

  • Copy Lincolns Inn Fields March 26th 95

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on laid paper with two fold marks (194 x 334)


Soane office


The chimney piece has a six inch wide frame or lining with wood panel pilasters and mantel shelf.
It is known from Soane's office records that he designed a 'cottage' at Dunton Bassett for René Payne but though executed it has not been traced. It is possible that the chimney-piece was for Sulby Lodge (about 12 miles from Dunton Bassett) for whom Soane made an executed design for a new house and unexecuted designs for additions, 1792-5 and 1824 (q.v.). The drawing is catalogued here under Dunton Bassett since that is where it appears in the Concise Catalogue (q.v.).

Jill Lever, November 2012



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