- English Baroque Drawings: architecture, sculpture and garden design
- 28 December 1692
The order relating to this plan is on fo. 132 v. (28 September 1692). Wren's response is on fo. 134 (28 December 1692). The area that is the subject of the petition in the order (that of Arnold Thompson) is outlined in red ink on two of its four sides.The scale bar itself is marked out as a bar of parallel lines, to create 10 feet divisions vertically and horizontally. The sloping parallel lines in the right-hand box facilitate the calculation of areas in 1/10 parts of 10 feet square. The device is found on sectors and slide rules in the period (see A. Gerbino and S. Johnston, Compass & Rule: Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England, 1500-1750, p. 00, fig. 00).
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