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SM 5/1/20


[14] Perspective of revised design


View of a Villa designed for Mr Mansel


as above

Signed and dated

  • 20/09/1799
    Sepr 20 : 1799

Medium and dimensions

Pen and blue, warm sepia and green washes with triple ruled and black and sepia washes on laid paper (475 x 682)


Attributed to Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808.


A comparison with the design for the front elevation (drawing [12]) shows changes, for example, to the windows. The five windows of the first floor are now conventional 9-paned rectangular windows instead of single or double windows with arched heads set in rectangular openings. The two segmental-headed windows, 8 feet 6 inches wide, of the raised ground floor have become paned windows set in a round-headed blind arch whose geometry corresponds with the fanlight over the entrance door. The pilaster strips are grooved in a regular way instead of the more dynamic centred arrangement of drawing [12].
The five-bay side elevation uses sash windows, grooved pilasters and a pediment so that it corresponds with drawing [13].



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