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SM 35/4/6


[23] Design for entrance elevation with semicircular Ionic portico


View of a design for the Entrance Front / of proposed Mansion and (verso) rough pencil part-elevation and plan


as above, Reymundo Putt Esqre

Signed and dated

  • 00/11/1811
    Novr 1811

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia washes, shaded, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (327 x 469)


George Basevi (1794 - 1845)
Pupil December 1810 - June 1816.


Either side of the portico (with its semicircular plan) is a projecting pedimented bay with a tall, arched recess housing a window framed by a pediment and Ionic columns. The two storey, five bay flank wall is plain except for tall, arched recesses at each end. A comparison with the plan (drawing [21]) shows the semicircular porch but not the pairs of Ionic columms on each side.



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