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SM 71/3/17


[1] Design for alterations to the Hall, 15 March 1792


Plan and three laid-out wall elevations/sections (verso see Piercefield, Gwent: (unexecuted) alterations and additions for George Smith, 1785-1789 (29): drawing 13)


to a scale of 3/16 inch to 1 foot


Caius College Cambridge

Signed and dated

  • 15 March 1792
    Great Scotland Yard March 15 1792

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, blue and light red washes, shaded with single ruled (wide) black border on laid paper (462 x 582)


Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-1794)


J Whatman, fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate W


The Hall is about forty feet long by 24 feet wide. At one end is a through passage or lobby (8-9 feet wide) that is open to the Hall; on this drawing appear cancellation marks to the left hand pier. This drawing and SM 71/3/16 show the Hall with a coffered, barrel-vaulted ceiling with a lunette above cornice level at the lobby (north) end and a long wall with three windows and a door with fanlight. The other end wall has panelling (5 feet high) with above, the Royal coat of arms.

The office 'Journal N0 2' has an entry under 16 March 1793 stating that Soane took three drawings for alterations to Caius College. Presumably this drawing, SM 71/3/16 plus another.



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