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Reference number

SM volume 42/38


Tracing of design


Half-plan and half-elevation of a throne (or throne-like chair) and canopy on a three-step dais in a Gothic style employing crocketed gables, trefoil arches and finials


bar scale equivalent of 7/8 in to 1 ft

Medium and dimensions

Pen on tracing paper (322 x 200)


unidentified (? same hand as 42/70)


The seat, arms and legs of the chair are of standard 18th century-design but the back (with blank heraldic shields) and canopy are in a rather exuberant Gothic style that might suggest a bishop's throne. Traced designs can often be associated with Soane's time as an assistant in Henry Holland's office (1772-8). The only Gothic commission during that period was the reconstruction of Cardiff Castle in a Gothic style for Lord Mount Stuart, 1777-8 (Colvin, 1995). Later reconstruction has removed all internal traces of Holland's work (D.Stroud, Henry Holland, 1966, p.57). The only church work that Holland carried out was at St Michael's, Chart Sutton in Kent, 1779-82, after it was struck by lightning and gutted, save for the tower. Holland's work was virtually all removed in a mid-19th century restoration (D.Stroud, Henry Holland, 1966, p.58).


D.Stroud, Henry Holland, 1966, pp.57-8



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