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Reference number

SM 2/8/1


[9] Slightly variant design for front elevation


Elevation of the Entrance Front and plan of front wall


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


as above, Robert Dennistoun Esqre, dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 17/12/1798
    17th Decr 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, blue and red washes on wove paper (485 x 610)


Attributed to Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. No entry in the Soane office Day Book.


New are the pedimented side doors placed '7:6' away from the house. The conditions on the sale of the site (quoted by G.Stamp, op.cit., p.184) included 'a neat gateway for filling up the vacant space left for such entry betwixt their respective houses to be built'. This is explained by Stamp as 'a Glasgow tradition of having arched entrances to the spaces left between merchants' town houses'. But Soane was only required to provide a side entrance on the left-hand side of the house. This design and that of drawing [11] (and [21]) show an entrance on both sides. Symmetry was important to Soane and he would have disliked the idea of a mis-matched design on one side of his house.

The design differs from that of drawing [8] in that the roof is now shown. Revised are details such as a pediment added to the front door, a balustrade placed above the cornice and the three tablets above the ground floor windows reduced to two and differently proportioned.



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