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Reference number

SM (25) 67/2/14 (26) 67/2/15 (27) 67/2/11 (28) 67/2/13 (29) 67/2/10 (30) 67/2/12

Purpose

Copies of Thomas Leverton's design for Gordon House (6)

Aspect

25 Plans of Sir Willoughby Gordon's House at Chelsea, Principal Floor 26 Plan of the Chamber Floor 27 Sketch of the River Front Designed for Colonel Gordon 28 (Copy) Sketch of River Front Designed, for Colonel Gordon (adjoining Chelsea Hospital) 29 Sketch of Entrance Front Designed For Colonel Gordon 30 Copy / Sketch of Entrance Front, Designed for Colonel Gordon. (adjoining Chelsea Hospital)

Scale

(25) bar scale (26) to a scale (27-30) bar scale

Inscribed

25 as above, labelled Drawing room / and Library (twice), Eating room, Entrance Hall, Dressing room, Water / Closet and some dimensions given 26 as above, labelled Bed room (three times), Dressing room, Bed room / and nursery, Study, Water / Closet, Mezzanine Floor and some dimensions given 27-30 as above and some dimensions given

Hand

Soane office

Notes

These plans and elevations are presumably copies made in Soane's office of borrowed originals. The design is not Soane's but Thomas Leverton's, who was commissioned as architect of Gordon House. Soane may have wanted to have copies for his own records as the construction of the villa was so bound up with the plans for a new Infirmary.

Soane and Leverton would have known each other since Ptolemy Dean records that (unusually) in 1797 Soane executed Leverton's designs for a building in St Swithin's Lane, City. Under Thomas Leverton, Colvin (op.cit) lists 'house for Gen. J. W. Gordon, 1812, altered 1825 and 1931-2 and C.G.T. Dean (op.cit) writes that Thomas Leverton constructed a house 'for Colonel Gordon [which] was built of the yellow bricks then fashionable, but has the merit of being unpretentious'. The house that Dean describes appears similar to the one recorded here, although these are the only surviving drawings of the house and it is not known if these plans and elevations are as built or not.

Literature

H. Colvin, Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840, 3rd ed., 1995; C.G.T. Dean, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, 1950; P. Dean, Sir John Soane and London, 2006, p.168

Level

Drawing

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