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SM volume 42/6


Designs for two chimney-pieces of green, brown, white and black marble


Elevations: the jambs and mantel decorated (left) with panels and bosses and (right, the jambs) with acanthus


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Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, green and burn umber washes, watercolour technique, shaded, on laid paper (209 x 396)




The variant designs share the same mantel-shelf, lining and plinth-block. The first (left) relies on the geometry of tapered panel pilasters crowned by a flat boss and the other (right) on lavish acanthus. The linings of both chimney-pieces are slightly tapered. In the same unidentified hand as another pair of designs for chimney-pieces (42/118, q.v.) and also for a memorial tablet (SM 57/88).



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