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SM 45/2/7 verso


Preliminary design in a Doric style, c. 5-7 May 1780


1 Back elevation


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Medium and dimensions

Pencil and sepia wash, shaded on laid paper (519 x 375)




Swiftly drawn on the back of a measured drawing probably made 5-7 May 1780 (see Soane in Italy: measured drawings: Verona: Porta di San Zeno) and with pencil guidelines to the proportions of the front and of the entablature, the design shows a five-bay elevation with a bow articulated by four Doric columns. Above the parapet rises a drum (three bays in width and supporting a shallow, conical roof) decorated with drops and festoons. This elevation relates to the circular dining room in the plan shown on drawing 2. And to the rough plan and elevations drawn by Soane in his Downhill note/sketchbook (SM volume 80 f.4 recto: see Sketchbooks catalogue) for a small house with a domed drawing room.


P. du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, p.384, fn.19



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