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Record drawing for villa E, c. July 1800 (1)


Although the inscription for drawing 24 states that the design is for Ealing, its appearance and date suggest that it actually relates to designs for villa E. It might be that the design was later used as a starting point for Soane's Pitzhanger ideas and that the inscription was added at that point. The drawing shows the decorative scheme for the villa exterior, including statuary on top of the columns and two urns above the entrance porch.



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