- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
Soane's design is for a symmetrical, compact villa with inscribed dimensions of 48 feet 6 inches (which is incorrect and should be about 60 feet) wide by 50 feet deep and with a semicircular (baseless) Doric portico and a three-window, single storey bow (with balcony above) to the circular drawing room on the opposite side. The three-bay villa has two floors above a raised basement and is plain except for the porch, cornice (with T-shaped toothing) and the two ground floor windows set back in a semicircular recess.
The idea of a villa with a circular reception room facing the garden is found earlier in Soane's student designs for a 'large villa' 1779 and a 'hunting casino' c. 1780 (see under Soane's architectural education ... 1778-80).
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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Contents of Presentation drawings, 1793 (3)
-  Presentation drawing, Plan of the Ground Floor, February 1793
-  Presentation drawing, Elevation of the Entrance Front, 1793
-  Presentation drawing, Elevation of the Lawn Front, 1793