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  • image SM 3/5/9

Reference number

SM 3/5/9


[68] Working drawing for the roof timbers, 30 April 1795


Plan shewing the Timbers of the Attic Floor; detail of binding joist; (verso) section of the house including the tribune with alterations; rough part-elevation of the tribune on the first floor; and rough detail of the springing course for the lantern


(recto and verso) bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot, approximately


as above, William Praed Esqr, This Girder not / to be trussed, Girder trussed / by Partition, Architrave 10" thick 12" deep, This Girder trussed by Partition, 10" thick by 12" deep, plan lettered A to K corresponding with key AA Holes through the Walls / to admit Water into / the Cistern from Fl-- (illegible, sheet damaged) / Cistern 2 feet deep // B A Chimney may be had here / by trimming to support a / principal beam of the Roof // E This binding Joist / Bolted to the principal / Quarter of Partition // F to G is higher than the / levell of the Floors // H A floor to be put in / under H so as to make / a Cistern 2 feet deep / over the Water Closet on / the one pair Floor // Put a Brace from the / Beam over L to the / Plate K // Girders 1'4" by 1'4" / where not marked / otherwise; (verso, Soane) B Flush beads, Make C. Concentric with d & omit / this recess ee on this side // The Recess cc shews the arched openg into the Hall, Door / into / Eating / Room, Sunk fillets, lettered A (twice), B (three times), C (three times), D

Signed and dated

  • April 1795
    Copy Lincolns Inn Fields April 1795

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and yellow, pink and grey washes on wove paper (682 x 557)


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