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image volume 39/86v-87r

Reference number

volume 39/86v-87r

Purpose

[4a] Preliminary designs (from volume 39, Italian sketchbook) for a dining room on a semi-elliptical plan after the supposed 'triclinium' of Lucullus, together with a design for remodelling the south front, 1779

Aspect

86v. Rough plan for a new dining room on a half-ellipse, the room measuring 36 by 25 feet with two large alcoves to the north and six small ones and with a segmental 'portico' at the west end. Also shown is an existing adjacent room with a canted bay; three internal wall elevations/sections with a domical ceiling and a height to the cornice of 18.0 feet. 87r. Rough elevation of three storeys and 12 bays for the remodelling and enlargement of Downhill's principal front with a piano nobile over a low ground floor (with three Diocletian windows) and with pavilion ends that have a large tripartite window beneath a blind semicircular arch, an attic storey and hipped roof. A giant order marks the divisions of the bays and encloses the bowed terrace against each end wall; a door, approached by a double flight of steps, is shown in the centre bay.

Scale

1/20in to 1ft (86v) bar scale of 1/2in to 10ft (87r)

Inscribed

as above and (86v) This room holds 12 Chairs and calculations

Signed and dated

Some of the other sketchbook leaves (volume 39) are dated 4 January to 24 March 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper, 2ff of a sketchbook (volume 39, q.v.)

Hand

SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Soane

Literature

P. du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.153-7; P. du Prey, 'Je n'oublieray jamais: John Soane and Downhill', Quarterly Bulletin of the Irish Georgian Society, XXI Nos 3 &4, 1978, pp.23-4; P. du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp.114-8

Level

Drawing

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