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  • image SM 3/5/39

Reference number

SM 3/5/39


[106] Working drawing for finishings to the entrance hall, 28-29 September 1796


Plan for Cieling of Entrance Hall; (verso) three details of incised mouldings; part-ceiling plan showing the corner where the soffits and domed ceiling meet


to a scale; (verso) full size and to a scale


as above, Sir // I shd have write you on Sunday only / waited in expectation of the Slater by whom I rather / expected to have the Drawings for the finishings of the / Corridor, and lower part of the Tribune, and which / very much want, the Slater not being come I / thought it not proper to deffer writing you any longer // The Masons is very much shortening their / works, the greatest employment I have now for them / is paving the Basement story of the Building, which / is going off very fast // The plasterers is floteing the Entrance Hall / Cieling, and Tribune Coves &c: the Joiner is forwarding / the Sash frames and Soffetes of windows on one pair floor / with the Boxing stiles // All the Carpentry work is nearly compleated / and of course Moore & his party will go on the Joiners / work soon // On the other side is a sketch of Cieling of / Entrance Hall A is the original designe, B the / present designe; The meaning of my sending / this sketch, is if you please, to send me how you / will have the part mark'd C in the present designe finished / which as you see is so much more in Breadth then the / Arches D and in the original designe the Margin / E is so much more in Breadth then the Margin / F is, all the other parts appear very clear to inspection / and I hope you will send me your decision / thereon by return of post. // I am Sir // your obliged // Servt // W Richards, I very much wish the / slater here as we are / ready for him to proceed and / weather very fine its a pity / to loose time now // Sepr 28th 1796, plan lettered A to F, Niche Head (twice), Arch (twice), Original Designe, Present Designe, dimensions given; (verso) Impost Pannel, John Soane Esqr / Lincolns Inn Fields / For W Praed, Newport / Pagnell, Section on the line ABC, Center of Colm, Sunk / 1/8 of / an Inch, Groin, Center of arch, lettered A to S, equal / 3/4 (twice) and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 28 September 1796 - 29 September 1796
    Septr 29 1796 and Sepr twenty Eighth / 96

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown pen on laid paper with seven fold marks (498 x 402)


Clerk of Works William Richards, draughtsman
William Richards (clerk of works at Tyringham) and Soane
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
William Richards (clerk of works at Tyringham) and Soane


fleur-de-lis and IV



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