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image SM (9) volume 72/8

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SM (9) volume 72/8


Alternative design for a six-columned triumphal arch set on an inverted curve


9 Front elevation and ground floor plan


to a scale


Soane office


Hayes & Wise 1799


The portico set on an inverted plan is shown in elevation and plan. Paired Corinithian columns are paired and between single columns that project at angles to either side. The attic above consists of a recessed panel between paired pilasters capped by antefixes, and with semicircular-headed openings at an angle to the main face. The drawing is undated. It resembles the very early design superimposed in pencil on drawing 6 and superimposed on drawing 8 in pen. The drawings share the same watermark, further evidence that the drawings were made around the same date.



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