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Working drawing, as executed, for the ground floor windows, 23 January 1789 (1)


The drawing was made by McDonnell, now in his fourth year of pupilage. His dimensions have been crossed out and amended by Soane so that, for example, 2 feet 3 11/16 inches become 2 feet 3 1/16 inches. The three-part window opens vertically by means of three sash windows; their form is that of a modified Wyatt window with a semicircular rather than a segmental blind arch (see drawing 4 for a plainer version). The form of the window each side of the entrance door hardly differs from the door that is a two-leaf, glazed casement window (French window). Unusual, perhaps, to have a transparent, undefended door on the main front of a house. However, the effect of these three similar, generous-sized openings is very successful, conveying an impression of open-hearted welcome.



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