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  • image SM volume 42/153 recto and verso

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SM volume 42/153 recto and verso


Preliminary design


Part Plan, part elevations, Section on BC and details

See Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire: drawing 22, for full catalogue of SM volume 42/153


to various scales including Half size


as above, Arch (twice), Niche, arched as / plan dotted / lines, Stone (three times), Wood, Three courses of brickwork, labelled A, B C (twice), D (twice), E and dimensions given. Noted Tuesday 5 o'Clock / Mr Mitford / Mrs Yorkes Stables, calculations and (verso, pencil) plan and calculations

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1794

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, pencil on laid paper with one fold mark and folded to fit (394 x 323)




Britannia with spear, shield and olive branch within a crowned oval, and crowned GR


Soane's screen with its arched entrance and flanking lodges was completed in 1796 but by 1804 cracks had developed in the central arch and it was eventually demolished and replaced by another screen designed by H.E.Kendall. See D.Adshead, op. cit, for an account.
For further drawings at the Soane Museum see SM volume 68/13-17 (variant designs dated 24 January 1794) and SM 62/8/45-6 (copies of surveys dated 28 April 1818). The drawing catalogued above was probably made in 1794 after 24 January. It is close to the survey drawings of 1818 but without, for example, the columns in antis.
'Mr Mitford' was William Mitford of Pitshill near Tillington, Sussex for whom, in March 1794, Soane provided several designs for alterations. A misunderstanding involving the builder led Soane to claim that he had destroyed the drawings. In fact, there are in the Soane Museum, floor plans dated 5 March 1794 (SM 46/3/8-9) and designs for the principal front (SM volume 68/1-4).
For the Hon. Mrs Yorke, Soane did several jobs including Sydney Lodge, Hamble, Hampshire, 1789-1798.


P.du Prey, Sir John Soane, 1985, in series of 'Catalogues of architectural drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum', 1975, cat.140-1; D.Stroud, Sir John Soane, 2nd ed., 1996, p.257; pp.140-1; 147-9; D.Adshead, Wimpole, architectural drawings ..., 2007, pp.97-99



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