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Working drawings (copies) for the hall, February 1793 (4)


The design for the entrance hall is striking. It measures 35 by 21 feet with a square centre marked at the corners by four columns; within the square centre a circle suggests a dome. The east and west wall elevations are identical with paired pilasters at each end that support an arch that spans the south wall with its glazed entrance door (12 feet high and 10 feet wide) and the north wall with its chimney-piece. The soffit of the arch is decorated with a Greek fret pattern; the four columns are Greek Doric with fluted shafts of which the lower one-fourth is stopped. The segmental heads of the south and north walls are decorated a very large fan motif.



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