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Reference number

SM volume 41/35 recto


[7] Record drawing


Copy of SM 79/1/6 verso


drawn to half the full Size


as above and with inscriptions as on SM 79/1/6 3 verso

Signed and dated

  • datable to c. 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash on laid paper (244 x 364/ 364 x 244) bound into 'Precedents in Architecture' volume 41


John Sanders (pupil 1784-90)


T French


This drawing, SM volume 41/33 verso, SM volume 41/34 recto and SM volume 41/34 verso are close copies made to a reduced scale and bound in a vellum-covered volume entitled on the cover 'PRECEDENTS / In Architecture / 1784' compiled as a record book in the early years of practice, 1783-8 by Soane's articled pupils as well as Soane himself. The first pupil was John Sanders, articled 1 September 1784 to 1790. In the same volume, Sanders copied out 'A Description of the manner of building a Stone Bridge of one Arch / over the River Wenson at Black Fryers in the City of Norwich.' (pp.8 verso - 11 recto) and a contract headed 'Memorandum this [blank] day of [blank] 1783, I John Decarle / of the City of Norwich Stone Mason. Do hereby agree & promise / to &with the Mayor Sherifts (sic) Citizen[s] and Commonalty of the City of Norwich' (pp.11 recto - 12 recto) in which he agrees to build the bridge for £1250 'but at any Rate not to exceed Twelve hundred & ninety Pounds' with (subject 'to the Judgement of Mr Soane') an increase of between £20 and £40 pounds on that sum. Soane received £63 (5%) for fee and expenses which suggests that the final sum was £1260 or an increase of £10 only.

Jill Lever, December 2008



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