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The indications of site on drawing 9 show a roughly triangular shape with a road to one side but comparison with the plan actually made on site (Soane's Note Book 11 dated 25 April 1784) shows little resemblance. Of the two floor plans, one has a tau-cross form with a bow at the head and the other is close to the sketch plan on drawing 10. The side elevation is also close to that seen in drawing 10. The plan of drawing 10 relates to the plans shown on drawings 7 verso and 9 and all relate to the front elevation and perspective of this drawing (10) that has the essentials of the final design. Puzzling, is the side elevation that appears on drawings 7 verso and 9 as well as on this drawing 10. Because it has three storeys (plus basement) and the profile of a porch is shown it does not seem to relate to the front elevation on the same sheet and yet it crops up three times. A further sketch plan also from volume 42 shares a sheet with a sketch elevation of a five-bay house with a bow to the garden and a loggia on the front; the loggia altered on plan to a bow. See 'Original Sketches / Miscellaneous / Architectural / Subjects': album with 195 drawings by Soane, Dance, Holland and others, dated c.1757 to 1818 (volume 42/109).

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