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image SM (117) 49/1/18

Reference number

SM (117) 49/1/18


Working drawing for the cornices of the attic and balustrade, September 1824


117 Detail of Cornice of Attic; (verso) Cornice of Balustrade to the / Attic


(Full Size), (verso) (Full Size)


as above, Board of Trade, labelled: Centre of Pedestal on Chimney Shaft, Plinth of Balustrade, 12 Inches high, Base Moulding of Balustrade to Attic / (Full Size), Pedestal of Balustrade, Centre of Pedestal; (verso): Board of Trade, labelled: Centre of Pedestal, see Mouldings of Base on the other side, Baluster 2 feet high

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields / 26th Sepr 1824, (verso) Lincolns Inn Fields / 26 Sepr 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pen, (verso) pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (667 x 562)


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


The design of the moulding for the baluster on the verso of drawing 117 is a little different from the baluster shown on drawing 114.



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