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Yorke Place / Design for Ten Houses & Gardens for Philip Yorke Esqr, 6 September 1784 (1)

Notes

This is perhaps a copy of the drawing sent to Mr Yorke on 6 September 1784 (SM SNB 1). On 1 October, Soane went to Hammels and staked out the cottages (SM SNB 1) but nothing further came of the scheme.

See also Saxlingham Rectory, Norfolk for a plan on the verso of drawing 14 (28/1/20 verso) that may be related to this scheme.

Literature

P. du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp.261,263-4; 380 (fn.38 with SM MSS references)

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