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SM volume 50/5-6


Surveys of the rooms under the Painted Chamber, 30 March 1827


Elevation at B in the Plan, detail of Chimney in Great Room, Section shewing Side D and Section shewing Side C


as above, labelled: Fire / Stone (3 times), Wood (3 times) and (pencil) some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 30 March 1827
    30th March 1827 (twice)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink, light red and yellow washes on wove paper (in sketchbook) (each page 280 x 214)


Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871)
Pupil February 1824 - January 1827.


The "Elevation at B" shows a bricked-up chimneypiece with a detail of the upper left corner to the right. 'B' refers to the plan on the previous page of the sketchbook (SM volume 50/4). The "Great Room" is the largest of the spaces under the Painted Chamber and measures 51'4'' by 11'6''. Sides 'C' and 'D', shown in section, are the shorter walls in the easternmost room under the Painted Chamber (see SM volume 50/1).



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