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image Image 1 for SM (104) volume 71/12 (105) volume 71/13
image Image 2 for SM (104) volume 71/12 (105) volume 71/13
  • image Image 1 for SM (104) volume 71/12 (105) volume 71/13
  • image Image 2 for SM (104) volume 71/12 (105) volume 71/13

Reference number

SM (104) volume 71/12 (105) volume 71/13

Purpose

Site progress drawings of the counting houses, November 1810 (2)

Aspect

104 Interior perspective View of Messrs Thelussons & Cos Office 105 Interior perspective View of Messrs Manning & Cos Office

Inscribed

104 as above 105 as above

Signed and dated

  • (104, 105) RC (Robert Chantrell), Taken Novr 12th 1810

Medium and dimensions

(104, 105) Brush, white chalk, sepia, burnt umber and grey washes with a single ruled border on laid paper (230 x 337, 230 x 337) affixed to volume 71, pp. 12-13

Hand

(104, 105) Robert Dennis Chantrell (1793-1872, pupil 1807-14)

Notes

Drawing 104, which was taken from the entrance lobby of the No. 2 counting house, shows that by 12 November 1810 the ceiling and lantern were complete and the walls plastered, although there was still work to be done to the interior. By the same date the lantern of No. 3 had also been glazed, although the walls in that office had not been plastered and there was no chimneypiece. At some point the three windows in the No. 3 counting house were bricked up, possibly because they were found to be unnecessary, or else for reasons of security (Sir John Soane's Museum, Buildings in Progress: Soane's Views of Construction, exhibition catalogue, 1995, pp. 11-12).

Level

Drawing

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