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  • image SM 81/1/15

Reference number

SM 81/1/15


[105] Working drawing for the chimney-piece in the eating room, July 1791


Detail of the frieze of the eating room chimney-piece; elevation; and plan of one jamb


full size and bar scale of 1¼ inch to 1 foot


(Soane) Eating Room at Bentley Priory, The circles & sides of the pilasters / between the beads are to be of / black or yellow marble; all the / rest to be of the best veinged marble, 6 inches, black / or / yellow, black marble / or yellow, cavetto, calculations in pen and pencil, and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • July 1791
    July 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and wash (465 x 587)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


Portal & Bridges and crowned cartouche with GR below


Soane's drawing for the eating room chimney-piece specifies veined marble with either yellow or black marble detailing. The chimney-piece has a continuous crescent motif as in the cornices (see drawings 82 to 84) with yellow or black marble disks within each crescent. The ends of the frieze have sculpted urns set within circular niches and the centre has a frieze-tablet with a wreath behind crossed thyrsi. The chimney-piece ornamentation continues the Bacchic theme of the eating room.



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