Notes on Composition Ornaments
Mar. 17. 1803. the composition ornaments arrive for the fireplace of the Chamber, a [b]it like those of the entablature of the room.
for the pediments of the windows & arches of the Dining room & Tea-room
|1. double arch||12||+||12||=||24|
|1. single do.||6||+||6||=||12|
|to wit.||36. metops of the size of those i[n th]e parlour|
|36. roses to lie in 6. I. square not in the frize of the inside window of the dining room the metops & roses will be confined to 5¼ I height, that being the height of the frize; & as the frize is 64¾ I. long the triglyphs, metops & roses will be disposed as follows|
|from the end of the frize to center of 1st. triglyph||3.½|
|6. metops & triglyphs @ 9⅝||57.¾|
|from center of east1 triglyph to end of frize||3 ½|
note the triglyph is 3½ I. wide
the spaces for the metops will be 6⅛ I wide
over the arches & the windows of the tea room, there are to be no pediments, but only frize boards to tack curtains to. these frize boards of the arches will be 11. f. 3 I. long, & 6. I. wide
the frize-boards of the windows of the tea room will be 5. f. long & 6. I. wide
for the parlour these are the ornaments compleat for the Corinthian cornice round the room, also as follows for the windows & door
|4. windows,||3 sets of ornaments & a metop extra2 for each.|
|2. doors||4 sets of do. & a metop extra for each|
|[fire]place||3 sets of do & a metop extra|
making in all 23. sets & 7. metops extra.
the following therefore gives a view of the whole ornaments for the windows, doors & arches of the Parlour Dining room & tea room. viz.
23. sets of ornaments (same as for frize of the parlour, for parlour
43. metops, to wit 7. for the parlour & 36. Ding & Tea rooms
36. roses for the Dining & Tea rooms.
MS (ViU); entirely in TJ’s hand; written on verso of Statement of Account with George Andrews, 22 Feb. 1803; blurred.
For TJ’s order with George Andrews for the composition ornaments that adorned several rooms in Monticello, see Vol. 39:98–9n, 563–4.
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