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image SM volume 60/97(119)

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SM volume 60/97(119)


[21] Initial design for north front


Sketch of the intended Entrance front


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Ramsey Abbey and as above

Signed and dated

  • 00/05/1804
    John Soane Archt / L.I.F. May 1804

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, raw umber, blue and green washes, with multiple ruled and sepia wash border, on wove paper (260 x 422)


Soane office


This initial design for the north front used mullion windows and castellated parapets that were later to give way to more austere lancet windows and to simple mouldings.



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