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Reference number

SM volume 109/69


[8/6] Finished design for the plan of the upper peristyle of the dome of the chapel, derived from the quarter-plan, [8/4]


Plan at level of column shafts of upper peristyle


Just over 10 feet to 1 inch (5 feet = 4 19/20 inches)


In brown ink at top right by C19 hand, 69.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, but datable 1711

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink over graphite under-drawing and construction lines on laid paper, pasted on left side (bottom side in volume) by compiler of volume to right side of [8/4] (109/70); early stitch holes on top side, where sheet is now pasted to book guard; 347 x 322


John James


Small fleur-de-lis; CDG


This drawing, showing the plan of the dome peristyle derived from the quarter-plan [8/4], was prepared at the same time as [8/5], using identical drawing techniques and scale bar convention, although the scales themselves differ slightly.


Downes 1979, cat. no. 341 Wren Society, VI, pl. 40 (centre right)



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