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Reference number

SM volume 111/27


Presentation design for a reduced scheme for the new house


6 Elevation


Same as 2, above (111/32).


On recto at bottom left, in faint pencil, in C18-19 hand, C Wren; and on verso, in pencil, by William Talman, at top of sheet, Duke of Newcastle, and below, by John Talman, Elevation to ye plan mark'd ◊[motif of diamond in square with diagonal strokes at angles of square; as on 111/32].

Signed and dated

  • c.1702-03

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink with grey washes, over pencil under-drawing; 223 x 568


William Talman


Strasbourg bend


The elevation corresponds to the plan in every respect and is on identical paper. Talman's hand can be identified in the drawing of the lions on the pediment, the gentle gradations in the grey-wash shading, and the treatment of the vases on the balustrade.


Wren Society, XII, pl 39



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