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SM volume 42/43


Tracing of design


Part-plan with central oval panel framed by vines enclosing a motif of a pitcher with thyrsus (attribute of Bacchus) and shepherd's crook (attribute of, for example, Pan)


scale bar equivalent of 2/3 in to 1 ft approximately

Medium and dimensions

Pen on tracing paper (218 x 192)


traced by Soane


The quarter plan is for a room of about 12 feet by 13 feet 6 inches that may have been a dining room, or so the decorative motifs associated with wine suggest.Much of the drawing was made with straight edge and compass, and is stuck recto side down on the album page with some re-tracing on the verso. 'Does not relate to any existing work' at Claremont (letter from Howard Farrar, Claremont Fan Court School, 23 July 2007).



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