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  • image SM 29/1/3

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SM 29/1/3


[7] Office copy of working drawing, Elevations, 10 June 1786


Elevations of East Front of Chillington, north and west fronts to north range


bar scale of 1/7 inch to a foot


as above (Sanders) Thomas Giffard Esqre, (McDonnell) The dressings to the Windows / on the Principal Floor to / range with those in / the Entrance front, Floor (16 times), dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 10 June 1786
    Copy of drawings sent to be executed June 10th 1786

Medium and dimensions

pen, pencil on cartridge paper (509 x 628)


Pupil 1786-91 John McDonnell, draughtsman
John McDonnell (1770- , pupil 18 March 1786-1791)


The elevation shows the two-storey front with three-storey end bays that was executed. The three-storey, seven-bay north front has the alternately dressed windows (abababa) indicated by erased revisions on the drawing.



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