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Presentation drawings of the proposed additions and alterations, November 1801 (2)

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Drawings 19 and 20 show perspectives of proposed designs for an extensive addition to Cricket Lodge. These drawings lend to the argument that the northern half of Cricket Lodge is built by Soane, as drawing 19 is a proposal for a new north extension and drawing 20 is for doubling the west front. The extensive addition includes the library and new kitchen arranged around a service court.

Drawing 19 shows the existing house as a faded building in the background. The drawing proposes Design Number 1: the north front as a three-bay range flanked by single-storey wings. The wings have tripartite windows set within segmental-headed blind arches.

Drawing 20 is a design for the west front. The right-hand side shows the existing building, as refaced by Soane in 1788 (see drawings 2 to 5). Soane proposes doubling the facade to span six bays. In the built design (drawing 22), the north and west fronts are kept symmetrical.

A curving Doric veranda is at the north-west corner and the north front is obscured by trees. The built design (drawing 22) has a similar device, using an inverted north-west corner to position the west and north fronts so that they can be symmetrical and in alignment with the existing structure.

On 25 November 1801 the office was busy making drawings for the proposed alterations and additions to Cricket Lodge, including two perspectives of the elevation, each on a half sheet of royal paper (Journal No 4).

Soane recorded in the Day Books that on 25 November 1801 the office made six different plans of the principal floor, showing six variant designs. Five of these are drawings kept at the RIBA Drawings Collection, dated November 1801 (reference SA27/2(1-5)). Margaret Richardson writes that the missing drawing is probably the executed design is (M. Richardson, editor, Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, S, 1976, p.100).

Literature

M. Richardson, editor, Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, S, 1976, p.100; P. Dean, Sir John Soane and London, 2006, p.171.

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