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Four alternative preliminary designs, March-April 1784 (8)


Soane's Note Book 10 shows that he dispatched a set of drawings to the Reverend Gooch on 26 March 1784 viz. '2 Plans & Elevations formg two different Designs for his Parsonage House (finished sketches)'. Of the drawings catalogued above, drawing 1 is dated 'March 1784' and drawing 8 is dated 'April 1784'. It may be that none of the drawings (1-8) record the two designs sent initially to the client. Soane's Note Book 11 has an entry for 25 April that mentions 'Saw Mr Gooch & took plan' referring to the sketch site plan on the following page of his Note Book. It seems that Soane made the earlier designs without having first visited the site.



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