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Reference number

SM (112) 82/1/52 (113) 82/1/54 (114) 82/1/53 (115) 82/1/55 (116) 82/1/58

Purpose

Designs for the elevations, May 1831 (5)

Aspect

112 Elevation of the east front 113 Elevation of the north front 114 Elevation of the west front 115 Elevation of the south front 116 Part elevation and section through the rear (north) of the building looking west

Scale

(112-116) bar scales of 2/9 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

112 labelled (in Soane's hand): See parts at large / 27 & 29 May, Fascia / finished / on / 14 June, Basement, Ground Floor, First Floor, Attic Story, Entab 4.16.0 / per foot run / too expansion / Cornice &c reduced / See 16 June and some dimensions given 114 labelled: 12'0'', 17'5'', 15'2'', 9'5'' 115 (in Soane's hand) 4 Course finished / Saturday / 28 May 1831, 4'6'' (5 times) 116 labelled (in Soane's hand): Arch[itrave] to project / 2¼ (twice), Arch[itrave] to / project 1½ (twice), 3 ---- (illegible) In re Arch, (pencil) Books (3 times), Case and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • May 1831
    (113, 114) 9th May 1831

Medium and dimensions

(112-115) Pen, pencil, sepia, pink and black washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (499 x 534, 508 x 541, 505 x 541, 473 x 525) (116) pen, sepia, pink, black, blue and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (512 x 550)

Hand

(112-115) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837) (116) Soane office

Watermark

(112, 114) Smith & Allnutt 1823 (113, 116) Smith [& Allnutt]

Notes

Judging by the alternative treatments on drawings 112-115 it seems as though Soane had not settled on a design for the eaves or the chimney stacks by May 1831. The design for the main entrance on drawing 112 is a slight variation on the reduced 'Vignolan' doorway shown on drawing 66. The south elevation (drawing 115) has an arrangement of three windows that are linked by an entablature, the outer two being crowned with small pediments with acroteria. A similar arrangement, without the acroteria and with Greek fret moulding underneath the windows was executed (q.v. drawing 126). The internal arrangement of the flues is shown in pink wash. The cross-section on drawing 116 shows the brick arches that Soane built as a fire-proofing measure. The arches were constructed of hollow bricks. A drawing was made for one of Soane's Royal Academy lectures showing one of the brick arches in section (SM 26/6/1, not yet catalogued).

Level

Drawing

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