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Reference number

P13

Purpose

[1] Design A in a Neo-Classical style, December 1778 or early 1779

Aspect

ELEVATION AND PLAN OF A DOG HOUSE DESIGNED FOR A NOBLEMAN ROMAE 1778: the plan is triangular having 3 long concave sides and 3 short, straight sides enclosing a rotunda and all within a railed circular exercise yard; between each of 3 wings is a circular drinking basin. The elevation has a Pantheon-type dome and flanking each of the 3 entrances to the rotunda is a pair of attached Greek Doric columns. Six sculpted hounds guard the roof and another decorates the weathervane.

Scale

bar scale of ? to 10 feet (concealed by frame)

Inscribed

as above, plan labelled Dogs / 15 feet C---(illegible, Court ?), Bitches, Kennel man, warm lodg[ing] / 9'0" by 12, Green Yard 3 times, note Under the room for the Dogs the boiling room / from whence the Lodging for the sick is to receive / heat / Canal to run through each room arched over to keep the Apartments / clean

Signed and dated

1778 (in title)

Medium and dimensions

n/a n/a (505 x 360 visible area within frame)

Hand

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

Literature

P. du Prey, 'Je n'oublieray jamais': John Soane and Downhill', Quarterly Bulletin of the Irish Georgian Society, XXI Nos 3&4, 1978, pp.19-20; D.Guinness, 'An Unpublished watercolour by James Malton from the collection of Desmond Guinness', Journal of the Irish Georgian Society, V, 2003, pp.226-237

Level

Drawing

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