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  • image SM volume 80/4

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SM volume 80/4


[6d] Rough plans for alterations and additions extracted from Downhill note/sketchbook, 27 July - 2 September 1780


f.4 recto. Plan and 2 elevations of a design for a casino with a circular domed 36 foot Drawg Room, Eatg Room with apsidal ends measuring 24 by 36, and 24 foot Libr[ary]. The North front has a pedimented portico in antis on a concave plan; the South front has a semicircular bow with 6 attached columns; pencil additions. Perhaps Soane's idea of what the original design for Downhill should have been. See also Soane's architectural education ... : Alternative designs, and record drawing for a (hunting) casino, c.1780


1/32in to 1ft


as above

Signed and dated

  • 27 July 1780 - 2 September 1780
    (notebook cover) SAT. JULY 27 TO / SAT. SEPT 2

Medium and dimensions

Pen unless pencil stated on laid paper, 47 leaves (sic, one missing) stitched into stout (buff coloured) paper covers 183 x 118


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


P.du Prey, 'Je n'oublieray jamais: John Soane and Downhill', Quarterly Bulletin of the Irish Georgian Society, XXI Noas 3&4, 1978, pp.26-36



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