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image SM (106) 49/1/26

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SM (106) 49/1/26


Working drawing for the upper part of the frontage, September 1824


106 Section through part of the Front Wall; (verso) plan of the chamber floor of an unidentified 9-bay building


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot, (verso) bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, Board of Trade, labelled: Width of Modiglion (Modillion) 7½'' / Space between 11¼ / 1.6¾ from centre / to centre and dimensions given; (verso): (pencil) Chamber floor, (pencil) Washouse / Fold Room & Drying Room / Three Bed Rooms, Dressing room (twice), (pencil) Bed Room, (pencil) 2 bed Room / & / the hall, Closet, Back Stairs and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields / Sepr 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, yellow, sepia and burnt Sienna washes, pricked for transfer, (verso) pen and grey washes on wove paper (708 x 515)


Stephen Burchell (1806-?, pupil 1823-28)


The building shown on the verso of drawing 106 is unidentified. It has nine bays with the centre three projecting. The interior is divided in two so that there is no direct access from the two dressing rooms on the left to the other rooms on the right. The inscription 'washouse, fold room and drying room', together with the internal layout and very thick internal walls, suggest that this is a former service building that has been converted into one or two houses.



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