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Preliminary variant designs for the exterior : F, October 1800 (3)


Drawings 90 to 92 share various similarities, with four Ionic columns surmounted by figurative statues. Dance's wing is shown but not the service wing that was to appear in the final design.

Drawing 90, as the Day Book suggests, could have been made by either Seward or Sword but with Soane's additions, labelling storey heights as well as pencil details for windows and the wreathed eagle reliefs, which appear in the executed design.


P. Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p. 96



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