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Further designs for lawn front, close to executed design, 1 April - 17 May 1801 (5)


The design development of the lawn front shows a similar process as that of the entrance front, though the design is less formal in style. The three-bay, two-storey (with a raised basement and attic) facade remains the same across the designs as does the skyline with its balustrade and pedestal with fluted pilasters and antefixae (reflecting that of the entrance front designs). The windows have segmental heads, three on the ground floor and one central to the first floor, flanked by roundels. Largely, this arrangement is as built. The basement storey of drawings 127 to 129 does not resemble the final structure but the progression can be seen in drawing 130, in Soane's own hand, showing three square-headed windows with arched niches at each end. The other major difference from the executed design are the first floor roundels, which were replaced eventually by two arched windows.

Drawing 130 also shows Soane's variant rough design for the arrangement of the basement facade. This appears to consist of a squared window, urns articulating the wall space between them and pilasters on either end surmounted by the acroterion motif familiar to a variety of designs at Pitzhanger. The lower portion of this drawing shows a small design for the gated entrance to Pitzhanger in Soane's hand, perhaps because Soane also intended the scrolled motif sketched above for his gateway and wanted to draw the association between the two.

Drawing 131, Gandy's perspective design, brings the scheme to a more complete conclusion, showing the basement fairly close to its eventual form and also including a roof crowned by a lantern, although the support is the only remnant of the lantern that remains today (see drawing 100 note for further information on the lantern).



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