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SM volume 42/166 recto


Sketch designs


Layout of title page of Soane's designs in architecture (published 1778) consisting of a scrolled tablet with on it: (pencil) Designs / in / Architecture / in the Grecian Gothic & Moresque styles / consisting of / Mausoleums, Temples, (pen) Casines (pencil) Garden seats & Recesses / Baths, Obelisks, Dairy houses / Hot houses & Green houses & other buildings / for the embellishing of / Parks, Pleasure Grounds & / Forests Gardens & Forests / Engraved on 30 Copper Plates / Mihi turpe relinque est (it is shameful to be left behind). The published title page reads: 'Designs in architecture consisting of plans, elevations and sections, for temples, baths, cassine, pavilions, garden-seats, obelisks, and other buildings; for decorating pleasure-ground (sic), parks, forests, &c &c. Engraved on 39 copper-plates, by John Soan'; and (for a villa for £280) ground floor plan, variant plans to a smaller scale and front elevation


as above, (villa) some dimensions given and 280 £

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1777 (see verso)

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper with dabs of red sealing wax and folded to fit (377 x 262)





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