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SM 81/2/19


[106] Working drawing for the chimney-piece in the music room, June 1791


Elevation of the music room chimney-piece; plan of one jamb; rough plan; detail of mantel; (verso) rough detail of mantel; and rough half-elevation of chimney-piece


full size and to a scale of 1¼ inch to 1 foot


Marquiss of Abercorn, Hall, vein'd (three times), black, wall line, 2 feet 0½ in, dimensions given, and (pencil) Lord Buckingham; (verso, pencil) calculations and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • June 1791
    June 1791

Medium and dimensions

pencil and pen on laid paper (391 x 321)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office


GR and Britannia within crowned cartouche


The chimney-piece in the music hall has a scroll pattern similar to the room's frieze (see drawing 95). The chimney-piece is simple, with the same pattern on the frieze and jambs. A note on drawing 106 indicates that the design was to be reused for 'Lord Buckingham'. Soane built a 'Saxon' library for George Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham, at Stowe in 1805 and he remodelled Wotton House in 1820-3.



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