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image SM volume 42/132

Reference number

SM volume 42/132


Sketch alternative designs and design


(bottom of sheet) Three plans, two elevations and detail of a frieze, for a villa; (middle of sheet and top right-hand side) feint pencil plans and part-plan for a villa; (top left-hand side) elevation for a building of 19 bays with a domed centre and pedimented wings

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, brown pen on laid paper (392 x 226)






The very small pencil elevation for a large building may be related to the design for an 'Unidentified building type of 15 bays in the countryside' (see 42/126). The two plans that each have a bow to garden and entrance fronts suggesting a date of about June 1784 (see drawing 11 for Saxlingham Rectory, Norfolk which is similarly bowed but with a more more evolved plan).



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