Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  Working drawing


top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image SM volume 42/30

Reference number

SM volume 42/30


Working drawing




½ in to 1 ft


Sir if any thing you dislike plase to Lett / Me know before ye Stones be Cutt, This Stone wanting / ye old part Standing, ft98 feet from Ground / To ye Square of old / part, 7 ft - 3 In, To be New Stone, All this part / Moor Stone wanting / which is 22 Stones, Pentoon Stone / In one and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen on laid paper with four fold marks (228 x 205)




TC Horlock


Presumably sent from a stonemason's yard, the drawing shows (part of) a monumental pillar 98 feet high and 5 feet 6 inches square, and with a tapering top 10 feet high that was to be re-made from new stone. Twenty-two stones and a single, 3 feet 9 inches 'pentoon Stone' were required as well as some stone for the top of the pillar. 'Pentoon' probably derives from 'pent', a sloping roof (OED).



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).