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image SM (101) 82/2/26

Reference number

SM (101) 82/2/26


Working drawing for the cornice, April 1831


101 Detail and section through the upper part of the elevation


to a scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


New State Paper Office, Battening, Wall Plate and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 26 April 1831
    26th April 1831

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, burnt Sienna, blue and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (342 x 520)


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


Drawing 101 shows in detail the sloped, 'pantiled' parapet supported by the bracket cornice, an idea that Soane derived from Vignola's Villa Farnese at Caprarola (D. Stroud, The Architecture of Sir John Soane, 1961, pp. 135-6). This feature screened the roof of the building which was necessarily flat due to the skylights that were designed to illuminate the library and staircases. Further light for the attic storey was provided by windows in the metopes. The frieze is incised with a Greek fret pattern.



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