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  • image SM 81/1/14

Reference number

SM 81/1/14


[37] Working drawing for chimney-piece in the breakfast room, 3 November 1789


Elevation of chimney piece to the breakfast room; plan; and full size details of moldings to chimney piece


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot and full size


as above, The Earl of Abercorn, line of plaister, flute at the side, depth of flute, marble, marble, marble, projection of block / line of frieze, composition, composition, to be sunk / 3/8 of an inch, composition, slab of marble, 2'1"½, Marble, Marble, Marble, composition, composn, composition, composition, and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 3 November 1789
    Welbeck Street Novr 3d 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey and pink washes on laid paper (531 x 670)


Attributed to Sanders, John (1768--1826) - Library - Catalogs, draughtsman
attributed to John Sanders (pupil 1784-90)



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