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  • image SM 14/4/1

Reference number

SM 14/4/1


[3] Re-drawing of design B in a Classical style, 1811 or after, ?1820 (2)


Plan (with revisions). The plan (the same as in drawings 1 and 2 though the proportions are different) with 3 identical wings centred on a rotunda within a circular exercise yard; pencil revisions (by Soane) to the perimeter wall extend it and add an entrance and a small building (store?)


to a scale


Romae 1779 and (red pen) 108

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1811 or after (watermark), possibly 1820

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey-green, sepia, pink and blue washes with single ruled and black wash border; pen, grey-blue, sepia, burnt umber and green washes with single ruled and black wash border on laid paper; on thick wove paper (639 x 783)


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


J Whatman 1811


P. du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.159-162; 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; M.Richardson & M.Stevens (eds), John Soane architect: master of space and light, 1999, p.107 (where it states drawn by C.J.Richardson c.1835 but a check of the Soane Museum's 1837 Inventory found no evidence that he had made this elevation c.1835); D.Guinness, 'An Unpublished watercolour by James Malton from the collection of Desmond Guinness', Journal of the Irish Georgian Society, V, 2003, pp. 226-37



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