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  • image SM 45/1/25

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SM 45/1/25


[5] Design for addition of of pavilion wings, 1779-80


Plan of existing house with proposed east and west additions; rough (pencil) elevation of north wall of proposed semi-elliptical room to the east


bar scale of 1/8in to 1ft


Plan of Downhill in Ireland, / the seat of the Earl of Bristol, Built of Lava exceedingly black & laid in irregular courses / South front, rooms labelled (left to right): Intended Eating Room 24 by 36 / & in the corresponding / Wing a Drawing Room / of equal dimensions, existing Eating Room / 24 feet, Library / 37 by 16..6, Drawing Room / 24 feet and Dressing Room, Butler, Housekeep[er], Steward, Court / 68 feet, Dusthole

Signed and dated

  • 1779-80

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, hatching on laid paper (520 x 722)


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


J Honig & Zoonen and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with JH&Z below


P. du Prey, 'Je n'oublieray jamais: John Soane and Downhill', Quarterly Bulletin of the Irish Georgian Society, XXI Nos 3&4, 1978, pp.20-4



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