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Further designs and working drawings for entrance, 17 March - 16 July 1801 (8)


Drawings 119 to 126 cover a range of dates but together show the evolution of the design for the entrance front. In each, the design for the entrance front is very close to that which was eventually built - a two-storey, three-bay facade divided by Ionic columns on the ground floor and by plain pilasters on the second floor. Four figurative statues stand on the four Ionic columns. The skyline remains in doubt, however, shifting from a plain cornice with a central pedestal in drawing 119, to include a balustrade in drawings 123-125 with a similar central pedestal now framed by fluted pilasters surmounted by four-sided antefixes.

Drawings 120 and 121 show a more specific concern with detail, 120 with the structure and measurements of the cornice, drawing 121 with the wall plan, the details of the door itself, the cornice and water drainage. Drawing 121 shows a lion's head which disguises a water pipe that was to drain water from the roof and let it out through the lion's mouth.

Drawings 124 and 126 indicates the internal structure behind the entrance facade. The house is shown to include the raised basement level, ground floor, first floor and an attic which are neatly contrived to correspond to Dance's wing with only two floors.



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Contents of Further designs and working drawings for entrance, 17 March - 16 July 1801 (8)