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SM 35/3/25


[19] Survey drawing of front


Elevation of the House at Roehampton


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, John Thomson Esqre, Bottom of Aviery (sic), Old Cornish (sic, Cornice?)

Signed and dated

  • 1805
    [February] 1805

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer, on laid paper (422 x 523)


surveyor (no office Day Book)


1795 J Whatman


Drawings [19] (front elevation) and [21] (side elevation) are both labelled 'Aviery' (aviary), that is, 'Bottom of Aviery' and 'Line of aviery' and are shown by dashed lines which also appear on the other drawings in this set.



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