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image SM (114) 49/1/20

Reference number

SM (114) 49/1/20


Working drawing for the balustrade, September 1824


114 Detail of Mouldings of the Balustrade over the Columns


(Full Size)


as above, Board of Trade, labelled: The Balusters 2ft 6 inches high

Signed and dated

  • Sepr 24 1824 / Lincolns Inn Fields

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pink wash, (verso) pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (749 x 535)


David Mocatta (1806-82, pupil 1821-27)


Smith & Allnutt 1820


Drawing 114 shows a section through the die stone of the balustrade. The mouldings are asymmetrical - this is because the rear of the die stone cannot be seen and is therefore less ornate. The balusters are 2 feet 6 inches high. On the verso of drawing 114 is a pencil measured drawing of an octagonal pulpit. An entry in the Soane office Day Books for 24 September 1824 has Charles Richardson 'about drawing of the Pulpit of St Bride's Church', although that pulpit was hexagonal (q.v. SM volume 54/37).



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