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Reference number

SM 37/2/9


[15] Alternative designs for elevations including entrance elevation, May 1793


No 3, Design for Entrances into the Officer's Apartments &c having two doors with segmental heads either side of a truncated pediment crowned by a cannon ball pyramid


bar scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot


as above and St James's Palace

Signed and dated

  • May 1793
    (Soane's signature) John Soane Archt / (another hand) May 1793

Medium and dimensions

Pen, warm sepia, sepia, burnt umber and blue washes, shaded with quintuple ruled and burnt umber wash border on laid paper (263 x 432)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office


fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR


Of Soane's alternative designs (drawings [9]-[10]) the semi-elliptical plan was chosen. The wall elevations [11]-[12] were plain with windows raised about six feet above the ground and with simple pilasters. Ornament was kept to what could be done with cannon balls. For the 'Entrances into the Officers Apartments', it is assumed that the location is (drawing [8]) on the righthand side and marked 'H' and 'Entrance for the Officers'. Soane offered a choice of ornament of which drawing [14] (design 'No. 2') with its striking proportions and Vanbrugh-like detail is the best. However, a simpler and more economical design (drawing [16]) was apparently built. (JL)



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