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  • image SM volume 42/103

Reference number

SM volume 42/103


Sketch designs


Plan, elevation and section for a house with a portico; plan, sections and part-elevation of a church


(house) some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • datable to c.1778-80

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, some pencil on laid paper with four fold marks (184 x 373, top torn and lacking)




n/a pasted down


Of two storeys with a vaulted basement, the house is 94 feet 10½ inches wide and with a 14 foot deep portico. The church has an apse with an altar and the cross section shows a Diocletian window at the west end. The Roman character of the designs as well as the worn and damaged paper suggests that these rough designs may have been made by Soane when he was in Italy, 1778-80.



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