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  • image SM volume 41/7 recto

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SM volume 41/7 recto


Designs for M[r] R Holland, 12 January 1784


Elevations and details of a chimney-piece for a Drawing Room and another for an Eating Parlour For Mr RH [Richard Holland]


to a scale and (detail) ½ Size


as above, Bartolozzi / Boss (drawing room chimney-piece), detail labelled Front of Tablet, Frieze and (pencil) Architrave, (pencil) A B C D and (pen) E

Signed and dated

  • Jan: 12: 1784

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, pencil on laid paper (244 x 364) bound into 'Precedents in Architecture' SM volume 41






Oval discs decorate the jambs of the drawing room chimney-piece, the frieze has festoons either side of a blank tablet for which 'Bartolozzi' is to carve a 'Boss'. The eating parlour chimney-piece has urns and swags in the frieze and an entwined thyrsus on each jamb. Bartolozzi , sculptor or carver, has not been traced. Soane was, from 1772 to March 1778, an assistant in Henry Holland's newly established practice. Richard Holland, a cousin of Henry Holland who was eventually to take over the building side of the practice, was a fellow student of Soane's at the Royal Academy and a 'a close and longlife friend' (Stroud, op.cit.).

Jill Lever, December 2008


D. Stroud, Sir John Soane, architect, 2nd ed., 1996, p.21



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