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Reference number

SM (1) volume 42/121 recto and verso (2) volume 42/125 recto (3) 5/2/8

Purpose

Sketch designs and design, not executed (3)

Aspect

1 Elevation of five-bay, two-storey, porticoed house with single storey pavilion wings and two variant plans; elevation of five-bay, two-storey house with single storey portico without pediment and plan; perspective detail of roman tiles; (verso) elevation similar the first one but with the details of the centre bays inked out, and plan; unidentified detail2 Plan and elevation close to the 'No.3' of the variant designs of drawing 1 and (verso) rough unrelated plans3 Plan with some pencil amendments and front elevation

Scale

(2) to a scale (3) 1/9 in to 1 ft (approximately)

Inscribed

1 (recto) Castle Eden, No 2, No3, North, Lib.[rary], Parl.[our] Kit.[chen], Scull.[ery], H[all], some dimensions given and Mount St / Mrs Ann London Bull & / Morng Chronicle / instead of Courant (the Morning Chronicle and London Courant were newspapers, the London Bull[etin ?] has not been traced) 2 labelled Pantry, Scullery, Kitchen, Closet, Drawg / Room, Eatg Parl., Library, Hall and dimensions and calculations given3 labelled; Eating Parlor / 20' by 16', Drawing room / 18' by 22'6", Bedroom / 20' by 13:6, Water Clost, Dressing room / 15' by 10:6, Cabinet / 12'x5' (right-hand wing) Stewards Parlor / 14':6" Square, Evidence / room, Stewards / Kitchen / 8' by 12', (left-hand wing) Wet Larder, Dry Larder, Passage to Kitchen, Kitchen / 14':6" by 20'

Signed and dated

(1) Oct. 7. 1780

Medium and dimensions

(1) Brown pen, pencil on laid paper with four fold marks (220 x 367) (2) pen, sepia wash, pencil (verso) pencil, on laid paper with eight fold marks (235 x 317) (3) pen, sepia and raw umber washes, pencil, shaded within double ruled border on laid paper (382 x 473)

Hand

Soane

Watermark

(1) post horn within a crowned cartouche and GR below (Heawood 2754) (2) T French (3) fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche with GR below

Notes

P. du Prey identified drawing 3 as a presentation drawing from Soane's sketch designs for a three-part villa for Rowland Burdon and regarded it 'as one of the most significant domestic designs of Soane's early period.' For example, the compact planning, and the bowed centre of the back facade were to become important features of Soane's country house planning throughout the 1780s. du Prey (op.cit.) also draws attention to the sketches of the Villas Maldura and Molin near Padua drawn by Soane on his way home to England in May 1780, as a source for Soane's Castle Eden sketch designs. (see' Notes Italy & I.talian language &c', 1780 (SM volume 162), 160 recto) cross reference needed

Literature

P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp. 120-22

Level

Drawing

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