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SM 2/8/12


[21] Design for a five-bay front elevation


Front elevation


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


Robert Dennistoun Esqre, Joist (twice), Sunk Floor, and a few vertical dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 00/01/1799
    Copy Jany 1799

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, shaded on wove paper (342 x 560)


Attributed to Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. Nothing in the Soane office Day Book for January 1799.


The almost fifteen foot wide passageways to each side of the house may have seemed a waste of space to Soane. It did allow for accommodating useful services such as scullery, boots and knives room etc as well as a footpath to the garden behind the house. Borrowing only three feet from each side, a new five-bay design was made that would probably have had much the same plan but with more window to wall and a striking skyline finish of three plinths with Greek or Roman ornament, two in the form of a shallow urn or 'kylix' with drapery. The urns give sculptural relief to a front that apart from a dozen small discs appears as pleasingly severe.



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