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image SM 45/1/15

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SM 45/1/15


Copy of a design on a plan measuring 90 x 65 feet


Plan of the Bedchamber Story and plan of the Hall, or Principal Story (inscribed in another hand?)


bar scale in English feet of 1/13 in to 1 ft


as above, Front extends 90 feet / Flank ...... 65 feet, The Cornice to this Part as at Balbec, rooms labelled: (ground floor) Breakfasting / Parlor, Library, Vestibule, Eating Parlor, Drawing Room, Saloon / or / Music Room, (first floor) Upper part of Saloon, Corridor lighted by a Skylight, 5 bedrooms, 2 water closets and 2 dressing rooms are indicated, North, South, East and West and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Rome, Novr 11th 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and sepia wash, partly pricked for transfer within double ruled border on laid paper with old patch (708 x 509)


Soane, some inscriptions by another hand ?


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with GR below and J Whatman


This drawing appears to be a copy of drawing made in Rome on 11 November 1779. It is partly pricked through for transfer and has a rather mechanical look to it. The room labels appear to be by Soane, the larger inscriptions possibly by another hand.
Elevations, if made, have not survived. The plan is an enlarged re-working of Soane's published design for a 'Hunting Casine' (Designs in architecture, 1778, plate xxiv) with its circular, domed principal room that here is fronted by four columns set on the curve and with the cornice 'as at Balbec'. Details, no doubt, taken from R.Wood and J.Dawkins, The Ruins of Balbec, 1757, of which Soane owned two copies (date of acquisition not known).
See also: Alternative designs for a (hunting) casino, c. 1780

Jill Lever, September 2005


P. du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.267-8



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