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Design for the entrance front, 28 June 1802 (1)

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Charles Malton was 'copying plans' for Cricket Lodge on on 28 June 1802. He was a relatively new pupil in the office at this time, having worked there for only four months. Apparently he still had much to learn, as Soane has deemed his drawing 'useless'.

The elevation is for the west front as it was built in 1788, before an extension was built to the north (see the right-hand side of drawing 20). The west front is a five-bay elevation on three storeys, with a pedimented entrance porch between windows set in round-headed panels. A small parapet crowns the centre three bays. The sheet also includes a rough wall-plan, showing both end bays fronted by columns and a portico of paired columns in the centre.

The recto of the sheet is a design for a chimney-piece of a drawing room at Norwood House, dated 31 August 1802. The owner of the house, John Robins, was an auctioneer and Soane's friend and neighbour; they collaborated on the valuation and supply of furnishings on many properties in the West End of London (P. Dean, p.171, reference to Priv. Corr. VII.D).

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