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Presentation drawing showing a variant design with a segmental portico (1)

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Drawing 27 has the same layout as drawings 24 to 26 but with alternative elevations, room formations and room labels, and a more compact geometric staircase. The entrance front has five bays and a four-columned raised portico on a segmental plan. As in drawing 24, the front is faced with plinths supporting lion statues. The entrance hall has a coved ceiling framed by columns, with several steps at one end (between a pair of columns) that ascend to a top-lit corridor. Alterations to room labels that occur in pencil on drawing 24 are here included, such as for the Library and Breakfast Room and Mr Praed's Room.

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