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Working drawings for the portico, March 1811 (2)


The idea of a semicircular portico came both early and late in the building history of Moggerhanger. Drawing 2 recto dated 16 November 1790 and drawing 3, 1791 show a semicircular portico on the east side and then nothing (in this catalogue) until drawing 88 where it is placed on the north side of the house. The order is a severe Greek Doric without a base and with fluted columns and a frieze with alternating triglyphs and roundels.



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