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image SM volume 111/34

Reference number

SM volume 111/34

Purpose

Presentation drawing of alternative design for the house, 17 bays wide

Aspect

7 Elevation of entrance front

Scale

10 feet to 12 1/10 inches

Inscribed

On verso, in pencil, by William Talman, Duke of Newcastle, and below, by John Talman, Newcastle elevation to ye mark * [shallow vertical rectangle combined with an asterisk]; and at top left, in brown ink, in C18-19 hand, 3W47.

Signed and dated

c.1702-03

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink with light grey and black washes, with brown ink ruled border; 438 x 703

Hand

William Talman

Watermark

none

Notes

This proposal for a 17-window front is probably an alternative for Haughton developed from the initial plan, 1 (111/31). The facade is 208 feet long, compared with 253 feet in the elevation of the 'grand scheme' (3, 111/22). The upper storey is lower, and the wall treatment plainer. The influences are from France and the Netherlands rather than Palladio and Scamozzi. The style of ornament and figurative drawing is typical of Talman's hand.

Literature

Wren Society, XII, pl. 39; J. Harris, William Talman, 1983, p. 38 and pl. 61.

Level

Drawing

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