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image SM volume 111/29

Reference number

SM volume 111/29

Purpose

Preliminary design for the house and garden, with sketch design on verso for elevation of end-wall of hall.

Aspect

4 Block plan of house, with outline plan of garden and enclosing walls.

Scale

110 feet to 1 inch

Inscribed

On verso by John Talman in pencil, Duke of Newcastle; and in pen and brown ink, in a C18-19 hand, at top left-hand corner, 3W47

Signed and dated

c.1702-03

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink, with some brown ink, and with grey wash, over pencil under-drawing; pencil sketching on verso; thin laid paper, 376 x 202.

Hand

William Talman

Watermark

none

Notes

The plan is probably the successor to the 'grand scheme' at 2 and 3 above (111/28, 22). Talman has added quadrant walls and corner pavilions, in the manner of Palladio's Villa Mocenico, at the end of Book II of the Quattro Libri. The sketch elevation on the rear is for the end wall of the large hall on the left side of the ground floor in 2, above. The sketch shows a central chimney-piece flanked by pilasters, with doors in the outer bays. Above the chimney-piece is a large oval overmantel frame, which rises into the attic level, where it is framed by pilasters and panelled ornaments, in the manner of chimney-piece designs by Jean Lepautre. An entablature just over half the wall height is carried over the oval frame.

Literature

J. Harris, William Talman, 1982, p. 38, pl. 67

Level

Drawing

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