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Presentation drawing for the entrance hall in a Doric style, 25 February 1798

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After presenting drawings 136 and 137, Soane returned to his client with alternative designs, in Gothic and Doric styles. The Gothic design is shown in plan, elevation and perspective; the Doric design is presented in two perspectives and one plan. Along with these drawings, Soane presented an estimate of £2438 for the Doric hall (Soane Journal No 4, Day Books 1798-99).

Drawing 138 has columns lining the walls of the entrance hall, the ceiling of the hall divided into three cross-vaulted bays. The dimensions of the hall do not vary from Soane's previous design, drawing 136 and 137, but the ornament is altered to show a Doric style. As in drawing 136, the entrance hall consists of a rectangular-plan room behind the porte-cochère and between small canted wings. As in drawing 136, the ground floor of the existing house is shown in part, with alterations shown that include a geometrical principal staircase and an adjacent vestibule partitioned with paired columns. Soane's inscription on drawing 138 'Qy light' concerns a light source in this vestibule, as there are no external walls in the room that could provide space for a window.

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