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image SM (78) 56/12/36

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SM (78) 56/12/36


Working drawings for entrance door with alternative designs for affixing the panels to the door stiles, May 1829


78 Elevation of Entrance Door with plan and full size details


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


as above, Norwich Branch, Parts at Large, D / 7

Signed and dated

  • JS / 13 May 1829

Medium and dimensions

Pen, raw Sienna, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper with one fold mark (510 x 685)


George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)


The two full size details show alternative ways of affixing the panels to the vertical stiles of the door. In the first design (which is crossed out) at the top of the sheet, the panel has a large, central tongue and is supported by a brace across the back of the door. In the alternative design, below, the panel has two smaller tongues which slot into the stile, and the brace runs internally through the stile and panel. The signature with date at the bottom of the page suggests that this design met with Soane's approval.



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