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Museum number: X244
This mortar, with its supporting column and base, was present in the Monument Court in it's current position in Soane's lifetime (shown in watercolour views) but was not listed in the 1837 inventories drafted before Soane's death. This may be because it was regarded as a planter rather than a collection item: one view of the courtyard in 1822 (SM P86) shows it containing a plant.
P86, watercolour view of item in situ
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