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Perspectives of variant designs, January 1807 (3)


The date of 15 January 1807 on these three drawings makes it clear that they were made at the same time as drawings 25-27 or (designs '2','3' and '4') and were later pasted into volume 60 (that is, an album - with blue sugar paper leaves).
The external perspective shows the south front of the house with a balconied Greek Doric bow to the breakfast room. The east front appears as seen on drawing 15 (dated 1797).
The interior perspective shows the vestibule with a heavily moulded, shallow cross-vault ceiling between two screens each having two Greek Doric columns, fluted except for the bottom 1/5 which is smooth. The walls are ashlar over a plinth and with a frieze set in a panel and at the further end are niches set between pilasters. The result is sober, severe, sephulchral even.



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