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image SM (4) volume 73/69

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SM (4) volume 73/69


Preliminary design for a vestibule with paired Doric columns, and stairs ascending to the north and south recesses


4 Section looking north; rough detail; and (feint pencil) elevation of a door


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section labelled: Floor / Top of tooled Plinth, Pav[in]g Princes Street, (Soane) Qy / Iron / door / case &c / to slide / or wind / in to / the -- -- (illegible) / roof of / wall, Stone, perhaps to preserve the / regularity of the / Tryglyph, Colms / nearly not finished, Stone, Keep the antae but / do not break / entab[lature], Stone, omit rust[ication], omit Cornice / frieze, omit cap: of antae / between / the antae, Sq[ua]re (twice), Rustic[ation]

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  • datable to betwen January and March 1803


Soane and Soane office


Drawing 4 shows an early design, indicated by the domed roof, elevated recesses and the chimneypiece centred on the north wall. An earlier design made in January 1803 (SM 9/2/9, drawing 7 in 3:6) shows a similar chimneypiece on the north wall. Although the layout of the room is far from final, the rough additions to the drawing focus on the Vestibule's interior ornamentation, such as the rustication, entablatures and window



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