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image SM volume 42/29

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SM volume 42/29


[40] Sketch design by Soane for a trumphal arch


Plan, elevation and detail of pedestal to column


dimensions given and Mr Robins / Pullinger / Black (John Pullinger was clerk of works at Aynhoe)

Signed and dated

  • 04/05/1800
    May 4 1800

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen on thin laid paper (201 x 322)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837)


C Patch 1799


The idea of a carriage entrance between the stable block, designed in 1707 by Thomas Archer, and the house and with a corresponding arch fronting the offices is shown on drawings [25], [27], [35] and [39]. Drawing [35] has the more elaborate design (for the stables arch) with curved instead of straight walls on either side. Here, the design shows the structure as 20 feet 4 ½ inches high to the crowning stretched tablet with a block at each end that finishes it off while the following design ([41]) has an alternative finish to the top but is otherwise close to drawing [40]. As built, the order was Tuscan. For the sake of symmetry a corresponding arch was added on the west side fronting the offices and provided a surprisingly large and handsome room for the housekeeper (see 6/4/9).

'Pullinger' is John Pullinger, clerk of works and master carpenter who, supplied a design for a roof for Aynhoe, for which see drawing [59].



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