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SM 2/8/11


[8] Design for front elevation


Elevation with plan of front wall and (verso) plan of ground floor both by Soane


(recto & verso) to a scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


Robert Dennistoun Esqre and dimensions given (verso) labelled Partition, Vestibule, Pedestal / for / fire, Staircase, Library, Withdrawing Room, Eating Room, 25 Square of building / or 2507 feet Supra / the plan, dimensions given and Extends 49:7½

Signed and dated

  • 16/12/1798
    Decr 16 1798

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen and ink on thin wove pape, some pencil (419 x 607) verso: pen and red wash


Sir John Soane RA (1753 - 1837)
The date of 16 December 1798 supports the attribution to Soane since it was a Sunday and no one else would have been at the drawing board.


A three-bay, two-storey elevation articulated by four double height pilasters, the two wide ground floor windows with a shallow arch. Between these windows and the plain windows of the first floor are three rectangular panels with draped ornament. Above the cornice and parapet a characteristic Soanean ornament of a raised panel with a pair of antefixae decorated by anthemion.
A comparison of the plan for the ground floor on the verso of drawing [8] with drawing [4]'s ground floor plan ( both by Soane) made the day after the verso design shows, for example, the introduction of a mezzanine floor and a change to the front windows from two pairs to two very wide windows.



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