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SM (20) volume 73/126


Record drawing of an alternative triple-arched design with a central arch flanked by smaller arched niches


20 Front elevation and ground floor plan


bar scale


Soane office


Hayes & Wise 1799


Drawing 20 is a record drawing, a 'fair' drawing executed by one of Soane's pupils as part of his architectural education. Four raised Corinthian columns front three bays. Two columns are at an angle to the main face and two frame a semicircular-headed window in the middle bay. The central arched opening is indicated in plan as a door while in elevation the opening does not meet the ground. it Semicircular-headed niches face the other bays. An attic has been added in pencil as having two lion statues aligned with the Corinthian orders.

The drawing's scale is the same as drawings 14 to 18, with the middle bay reaching approximately 23'8" high as opposed to the 26'8" high arch of the other triumphal arch designs (drawing 15, for example).



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