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Record copies of variant unexecuted designs for a (? hunting) lodge in a primitive, rustic style, February 1790 (2)


These variant designs are in a style even more 'Primitivist' than the Soane/Dance designs for a dairy at Hammels Park, c. 1781 (q.v.). A single lodge without a gate, and with a ground floor 'cellar', it may have been intended as a hunting lodge. The designs are very far from the picturesque charm of, say, Nash's later thatched cottages at Blaise Hamlet. Externally, the square plan measures 19 by 19 feet and the walls are 9 feet high so that the overall form consists of a pyramid on a half-cube. The second design, more severe than the first, is somewhat tomb-like; the source for the rusticated blind arches was perhaps the arches to the base of Soane's design for a 'Mausoleum to the Memory of James King drowned June 9, 1776) (q.v.). The 'Two fair Designs for the intended Lodges' sent by post on 17 February 1790 (Ledger A) presumably refer to the original drawings of which those catalogued here are copies dated February 1790.



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