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image SM (164) 82/2/48

Reference number

SM (164) 82/2/48


Working drawing for the top of the principal staircase, 1833


164 Plan and elevation


¾'' Scale


labelled: 12.11, 9.6, 3'2½'', 3'4½''

Medium and dimensions

Pen, yellow, pink and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (663 x 535)




Drawing 164 shows the underside of the landing on the attic floor above the principal staircase. The staircase was top-lit and so the attic landing took the form of a gallery with a large, 12'11'' by 9'6'', central opening. The floors were supported by 16 scrolled brackets decorated with rosettes, shown in plan and elevation.



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