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  • image Image 1 for SM volume 42/146 recto and verso
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Reference number

SM volume 42/146 recto and verso


Sketch design


Plan with rectangular centre and two pavilions on left hand side and large service wing on right-hand side, the parts linked by colonnades; (feint pencil) alternative plan; Elevation with loggia (or portico in antis without pediment) and short (four-column) colonnade with pavilion ends. Verso, plan of central part labelled (pencil) Eatg, Ant[e room], Dr[awing] room twice, Lib[rary] and (pencil) alternative plan to a smaller scale


as above and (recto) Court, Kit[chen], (pencil) Dr, Eatin, Lib. (verso) Eatg, sums and (pencil) 28

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, pencil, hatching on laid paper (355 x 239)






Soane has given up the idea of swept wings seen in previous schemes. He has though, quarter-circle courts as well as a semicircular court. Both this drawing and the previous one(142/145) relate to other of Soane's preliminary designs for a country house in a Palladian style (42/105-6, 115-116) in which upward and downward curved plans are tried, and the elevations have either a double-height portico or a single-storey loggia/portico.It is not known whether Soane had a client and site in mind, nor is it possible to establish a date. The design, draughtsmanship and indecisiveness might suggest an early date. references needed



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