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SM volume 42/190 recto and verso


Studies, c. October 1804


(recto) Sketch details of scrolled and leafy consoles and of urns, with a small diagramatic half-elevation with (feint pencil) front elevation showing a triangular composition; (verso) further sketch details of palmette and acanthus consoles, diagram with lozenge shapes, and sketch perspective of plinth with pendentive dome crowned by an urn and with urns at the corners that have palmettte consoles See Bank of England (Lothbury Screen Wall) drawing 30



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