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SM volume 109/68


[8/5] Finished design for the plan of the turrets and peristyle of the chapel dome, derived from the quarter plan, [8/4]


Plan of dome across lower level of peristyle


Just over 10 feet to 1 inch (5 feet = 4 9/10 inch)


In brown ink by C19 hand, at top right, 68.

Signed and dated

  • Undated but datable 1711

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink over graphite under-drawing and construction lines on laid paper, with central vertical fold, worn and torn in places along bottom edge; pasted at top to 109/67, [9/2], and to a book guard on left; early binding stitch holes on right. 360 (370 including overlap with 109/67) x 464.


John James


Small fleur-de-lis; IV


This neatly drawn plan of the entire dome and corner turrets at the lower level derives from Hawksmoor's quarter-plan, [8/4] l. The attribution to James is based on the scale bar convention, the fine pen drawing technique, and the heavy divider point markings (compare [8/8], which bears inscriptions in James's hand). In the plans of the turrets James correctly drew the square bases in dotted outlines to indicate that they are at a lower level. See also [8/6].


Downes 1979, cat. no. 339 Wren Society, pl. 40, bottom left



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