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SM volume 62/31


Record drawing of a casino 36 x 47 feet


3 Plan with a wide bow at the rear and a 4-column portico at the front; (very feint pencil) incomplete elevation with 4 Ionic columns to the portico


bar scale of 2/15 ins to 1 ft

Medium and dimensions

Pen, light red and light sepia washes, pencil on thin laid paper (370 x 234)






The astylar bow is more than a half-circle on plan and almost the width of the house so that with three windows, the principal apartment would be well lit. There are no windows to the front - except flanking the front door and one of these is blank, a single large window (to the eating room ?) on the right side and three, lighting three small rooms including a water closet, on the left. The front door gives on to a dog-leg staircase. Catalogued as a casino rather than a villa because of its compact plan, it might be seen as a development of the plan in drawing 2.



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