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SM (8) 81/1/41


Record working drawing, 28 January 1799


8 Elevation and full size detail for a chimney piece


to a scale and full size


no 15. all of veind Marble and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Bank Jany 28:1799


Soane office


The chimney-piece design in drawing 8 shows an elaborate rosette in the corner, between fluted jamb and frieze. The hearth-slab is shown with dimensions in the smaller full elevation (on the right). Drawing 8 is a copy of a working drawing with the sections of mouldings pricked for transfer as a preliminary to copying.



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