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SM 6/4/10


[36] Design by Soane for west front to library




W R Cartwright Esqre / Aynho

Signed and dated

  • 20/04/1800

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, pencil, hatching on wove paper (331 x 565)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837)


A two storey elevation with pediment. Six pilasters divide the front vertically into five un-equal bays. In the centre, an added (pencil) niche between two narrowly spaced pilasters, either side are round headed doors and at each end a square-headed niche. The three centre bays of the upper storey are crowned by a pediment. The upper storey has two window and two, square and sunk tablets.
Ptolemy Dean writes of this elevation: 'Ingeniously, in Soane's rebuilding [of Thomas Archer's elevation] the central band of masonry was split into two, creating a central recess in effect a third bay. The handling of line and plane in the ashlar stonework is especially sympathetic towards the effects of light and shade and are, in their way, amongst Soane's finest elevations anywhere.' P.Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.84.

Soane worked on the drawings [36] to [38] on a Sunday.



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