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Reference number

SM 71/3/18


[3] Revised design, 4 May 1792


Plan with three laid-out wall elevations/sections


bar scale of 3/16 inch to 1 foot


Plan and Section of Alterations / at Caius College, a:a. These Spaces to be equal / b:b: These Spaces to be equal / c. The Center of this door to be / in the center between the Pilasters / NB All the framing to be bead and flush, ceiling labelled a and b: coffers labelled R or Rose and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 4 May 1792
    Copy May 4th 1792

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, blue, light red and yellow washes, shaded on wove paper with one fold mark (562 x 684)


Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-1794)


The design has changed from that of SM 71/3/17 and SM 71/3/16 so that the coffers are more regularly sized and have the same rose motif. The panelling is more vertical and the fanlight has gone from the door. The result is perhaps more subdued or would be except that the large lunette at one end has been revised and seven circular openings have been added above the segmental arch gaining borrowed light and a greater sense of spaciousness.



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