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image SM volume 111/46

Reference number

SM volume 111/46

Purpose

Finished design for an unidentified villa, probably by William Dickinson, c.1710-24

Aspect

Elevation and plan

Scale

10 feet to 29/32 inches (23 mm)

Inscribed

By Dickinson in pen and brown ink with dimensions of rooms

Signed and dated

c.1710-24

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink with grey wash over pencil under drawing; 287 x 247

Hand

William Dickinson

Watermark

faint crown

Notes

The attribution to Dickinson is based on comparisons with his autograph designs for Pembroke House, Whitehall (SM volume 111/49, 50), where the scale bar markings, outline techniques for cornices and profiles, and the handling of washed shading in the windows openings are very similar (see also his drawings for the Bowling Green Pavilion at Hampton Court in c.1700, SM volume 110/27-29, and for the altar and reredos of the Hampton Court chapel, 111/51, 56). The proposal is for a building just over 100 feet long and 33 feet deep, perhaps a design for a garden villa, with orangery pavilions left and right, since these long rooms with tall windows are unheated. Steps go down from the inner sides of these rooms to the basement floor.

Literature

Wren Society, XVII, pl. 49, bottom

Level

Drawing

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