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image SM 77/2/39

Reference number

SM 77/2/39

Purpose

Working drawing for the timbers of the galleries

Aspect

House of Lords / Plan shewing the Timbers of the Floors / of the proposed Galleries

Scale

(pencil) bar scale of 6/20 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, labelled: Chy (3 times), Bar, Steps to Gallery, Gallery A, a, b, a 1'1'' above b, 18 Risers to rise / 11'6'', Gallery B, Stairs to Gallery and some dimensions given; steps numbered: 1-16 (twice) and 1-18

Signed and dated

July 28th 1820

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia, yellow and yellow ochre washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (535 x 743)

Hand

George Bailey (1792 - 1860)
Pupil and assistant August 1806 - January 1837.

Watermark

Smith & Allnutt 1817

Notes

As well as the iron columns, the galleries are also supported by iron straps incorporated into the timber framing. The pencil lines on the floor of the House presumably relate to a heating system. Improvements to the ventilation of the House cost around £600 (King's Works, VI, p. 520).

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Drawing

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