Re: Re: ‘Dutch Billys’

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Lol this is brilliant. Talk about being on the verge of a visual confirmation, but not being able to nail it! 😀 It takes the phrase making small steps to a whole new level of frustration.

Agreed with Devin in this case that a pair of gables would be extremely tight, but still, not without the bounds of the vernacular. We must also remember that this is an artist’s impression – not a photograph. An accurate, scaled depiction of former gabled outlines was unlikely to be a top priority… In fact, the pitch of the double-pile roofs probably couldn’t manage that arrangement in reality.

Barlett’s depiction also teaches us an important lesson in respect of his apparently standard Billy at No. 32 – don’t believe everything you read in a 19th century print.

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