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  • image SM volume 42/31 recto and verso

Reference number

SM volume 42/31 recto and verso


Sketch design


(recto) Rough part-plan of ceiling with varied motifs: central patera, segmental panel with peltoid shield and festoon, calyx and anthemion in a frieze, and arabesque; (verso) rough design for a roof truss with skylight


(recto and verso) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1772-8

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, (verso) brown pen, pencil on laid paper (115 x 176) (116 x 177), (verso) brown pen over pencil


(recto) copied by Soane, Henry Holland office;( verso) Henry Holland, Soane


part of a crown (Whatman)


The ceiling design in Soane's hand was made when he was in Henry Holland's office, 1772-8. A comparison with Henry Holland's 'Miscellaneous Sketches 1777' (in Sketchbooks catalogue) shows that the design for a roof truss is by Henry Holland with some dimensions added by Soane.



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