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image SM volume 59/74

Reference number

SM volume 59/74


[64] Design for proposed west front of house and view of church



Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes with single ruled border on wove paper (252 x 458)


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


This is the only drawing that shows the face of Soane's proposed west elevation for the house; survey drawing [53] shows it as found. The collapse of the north aisle in the church in 1802 was what brought Soane to Port Eliot. Humphry Repton (1752-1818) in his Red Book of 1793 for Port Eliot had advocated linking the house with the church but this was not something that Soane explored. (P.Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.104).



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