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Site and record drawings for villa E as part of its surroundings, July 1800 (2)


Drawings 35 and 36, although very different in appearance, both set the design for villa E within the landscape, indicating the importance Soane placed on the Picturesque and on particular lines of view.

Drawing 35 shows where the view is obscured and includes a small plan of the house (as it is in drawings 32-34). Small sketches of Soane's friends' houses labelled accordingly, are included in the margins and a landscape design is mapped out. A fence encloses the upper side of the garden, trees and bushes are dotted about and pathways encircle the property. Drawing 36 gives a fictitious view of the Acton countryside surrounding a villa corresponding to drawing 35.



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