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Design and working drawings for the elevations, 1809 (7)


Most of the drawings have the dimensions of each window opening added and this is probably to do with estimating costs. The figures may have been added by
James Cook who was the clerk of works for Moggerhanger from 1808 to 1812; the instructions on drawings 72 are likely to be his.

Drawing 68 is part of a drawing cut up and re-used by George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant, 1806-37, curator 1837-60) to flag up Soane's design for stables at Carrington House, Whitehall, London, 1816. It shows the upper part of the north (entrance) elevation without the three-bay attic storey shown in drawings 69 and 71.
Drawings 69 and 71 (north/entrance elevations) differ so that 71 has rustication drawn on the ground floor storey (right-hand side) and the seven windows to the first floor are semicircular-headed instead of rectangular as in 69. As built (photographs in Peter Inskip + Peter Jenkins architects, 'Project Description', 1996, SM information files) the design shown on drawing 71 is the closest to the executed design with, for example, the toothed or dentilated cornice that Soane sketched and noted. The feintly pencilled-in volute or 'angle filler' to the side of the attic storey was executed. Neither drawing has the Doric portico on a semicircular plan that was erected instead of the Ionic portico on a rectilinear plan seen here.
Drawings 70 and 72 (south/lawn elevations) differ slightly so that 72 has rustication drawn on the first floor storey (left-hand side) and the attic storey has six dormer windows instead of the two shown on 70. Thus, as built, the design shown on drawing 72 is closest to the executed one. Neither drawings show Soane's trellised timber and iron verandah that runs the entire length of the south front.
Drawing 73 (east/flank elevation) with its shallow pediment, chimney stack with panel pilasters and three large segmental-headed windows is close to the executed design though without the central, two-storey verandah that may have come as an inspired postscript.
Drawing 74 (west/flank elevation) with its blind windows and doors that regularise an existing uneven arrangement is close to the executed design.
For a description of phase 2 of the rebuilding of Moggerhanger see P.Dean, op.cit, pp. 126-129.



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