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Presentation drawings of three variant designs for the entrance front, 20 September 1793 (3)


The elevations, drawings 30 to 32, correspond with the plan on drawing 29, though the offices have been omitted. The elevations are presentation drawings, probably made in September among the six drawings presented to the client on the 28th. The three elevations are variations of the executed design.

As in the executed design, drawing 30 shows a bowed front faced with a segmental portico of giant Ionic columns supporting an entablature that wraps around the building. The corners of the building are marked by paired pilasters with corresponding projecting entablatures. The ground floor is faced with a banded rustication. Between the ground and first floor windows are panels decorated with a Greek key pattern. Varying from the executed, drawing 30 omits an attic storey crowning the portico and four figurative statues (probably Coade stone) crown the parapet in alignment with the Ionic order. The drawing also shows recumbent lion statues placed on plinths in front of the building. Mouldings on the drawing date from September 1794, with the cornice approved.

Drawing 31 shows a design similar to drawing 30 but with the Ionic order rising only to the first floor and supporting a smaller entablature that forms a string course around the building under the first floor windows. The design does not have paired pilasters marking its corners. As in drawing 30, there is no attic roof above the parapet.

Drawing 32 has a design that is closer to the executed version, with the hipped roof visible. Unlike the executed building, however, the attic storey is not raised behind the portico parapet. As in drawing 31, the balustraded parapet has four figurative statues and plinths fronting the building support lion statues.



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