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  • image SM volume 59/181

Reference number

SM volume 59/181


[10] ' Design No 2', variant to drawing [9]


Plan of the Ground Floor and Elevation next the Road (Design No.2)


(plan) bar scale of (equivalent to) ½ inch to 10 foot (elevation) bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Right Honble Lord Ducie

Signed and dated

  • 02/12/1796
    (Copy Lincolns Inn Fields Decr 2nd 1796 / Sent to Lord Ducie by the Post)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and red washes, shaded on wove paper (269 x 334) affixed to p.181 of volume 59


(no Day Book)


The plan is a quarter-circle with rectangular stair projections and with two-storey buttresses. As usual, the variation occurs in the design of the gates which here have an added pair of short castellated walls with lancet-headed arches making the ensemble wider and more impressive than in drawing [9].



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