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Letter, R[ichar]d Bosanquet, Falmouth to John Soane


  • 26 May 180

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Bosanquet, Samuel Richard (1800--1882)


He has one further question about the house. The view in the front of the house is most beautiful and a portico with a bench on each side between two pillars would be delightful. The front is 41 foot long and 23 to 25 foot high. He favours a Corinthian portico, but would Soane advise Doric? What might the cost be? He will not let the steps be put down until he has Soane's advice. The house has been covered in for 8 or 10 weeks; does Soane think it will be safely habitable by the end of August or beginning of September?



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