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image 'Miscellaneous / Drawings / of / Architectural / Designs' volumes 59/6 and 59/7

Reference number

'Miscellaneous / Drawings / of / Architectural / Designs' volumes 59/6 and 59/7

Purpose

[2] Design with a reduced plan of John Henderson's rival scheme, 1778

Aspect

Floor plan and laid-out wall elevations/sections of a room with a shallow domed ceiling on an oval plan, supported by two detached and six attached Corinthian columns. The apsidal end with three windows is at the west end. With reduced plan labelled (pencil) Mr Henderson, Rome showing an oval plan with four segmental apses within a rectangle; and an oval ceiling plan. Verso of right-hand side of drawing (volume 59/7), a rough (pencil) plan of a large, nine-part building with differently shaped rooms - apparently unrelated to Downhill.

Scale

bar scale of feets 1/5in to 1ft approximately

Inscribed

as above

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink and blue washes, pencil on laid paper (420 x 445, single drawing on two pages)

Hand

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

Verso

(verso on volume 59/7) Pencil plan of unidentified 9-part house

Watermark

J Honig & Zoon and bend on shield with bell below surmounted by fleur-de-lis

Literature

P. du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.52-3; P. du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, p.114 (account of the quarrel)

Level

Drawing

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