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Reference number

SM (13) 81/1/44 (14) 81/1/47


Working drawings, 3-4 March 1808 (2)


13-14 Elevation, plan and full size detail for a chimney piece


(13-14) bar scale and Mouldings full size


13 One Veined Marble Chimney & Slabs / to the above dimentions, (Soane) A must project before B 1/16 and some dimensions given 14 AAA & Black Marble / all the other veined marble_, Veined, Black (five times), two chimneys to these dimentions, A, A, A and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (13) Bank March 3 1808 (14) Bank March 4 1808


Soane office


Drawings 13 and 14 are evidently an original and a copy of the same working drawing. Both drawings show a simple frame with a four-petaled flower hastily sketched in pencil above the jambs.

Though the mouldings shown in drawings 13 are 14 are labelled 'full size', drawing 14 is much larger than drawing 13. It is possible that drawing 13 was a free-hand copy of drawing 14 but it seems more likely that the inscription on drawing 13 was an instruction to a pupil, to draw up the mouldings to full size.



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