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SM volume 42/70


Tracing of design, not finished


Plan of a stall with its misericord, and perspective of choir stall canopies


to a scale (plan)


some dimensions given (plan)

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, trace lines on laid paper with four fold marks (328 x 200)


unidentified (? hand of 42/38)


crowned GR


The plan of the stall is neatly drawn with straight edge and compass but the elaborate crocketed and quatrefoiled gables of the choir stalls, despite the use of trace lines, are poorly drawn suggesing a hand unused to Gothic. A similar subject, a design in an inventive Gothic style for a throne and canopy (42/38) may be in the same hand as the one that drew the plan on the drawing catalogued here.



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