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Working drawing for portico, April 1793


The portico was designed on a rectangular plan 13 feet 3 inches wide and about 7 feet 8 inches deep with four columns of which the first on the left contains a rainwater pipe. Soane's Doric order is minimal with no mouldings to the base so that the columns stands on a square plinth with a shadow gap (or sinking or retracted fillet) between plinth and shaft. This may be an early use by Soane of a shadow gap - another example is drawing 47 (SM volume 52/50) for the Doric Vestibule of the Bank of England, 1803-1805.



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