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  • image SM 3/1/2

Reference number

SM 3/1/2


[7] Design for front by Soane


Sketch design for the front elevation


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


J.King Esqre, AAAA, A. These pilasters / project before / the Wall 1½ inches

Signed and dated

  • 00/02/1805

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen over pencil, on laid paper (340 x 560)


Sir John Soane RA (1753 - 1837)


Here, Soane draws with a pen and his usual brown ink over his ruled pencil outline. Not surprisingly, the design improves on the perspective made by an office hand four days before (see drawing [1]). The pilasters (marked with an 'A') are now shown as sunk (that is, sunk and framed), the ground floor windows have a solid arched head decorated with a ribbon motif and the entrance has done away with columns and has shallow steps and front door with a fanlight. Less restrained are the ornaments above the eaves - a pair of urns either side of a decorative tablet that partly conceals the chimneys.



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