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  • image Image 1 for SM (3) volume 41/67 verso (4) volume 41/68
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  • image Image 1 for SM (3) volume 41/67 verso (4) volume 41/68
  • image Image 2 for SM (3) volume 41/67 verso (4) volume 41/68

Reference number

SM (3) volume 41/67 verso (4) volume 41/68


Record drawings for two prospect buildings and a temple (2)


3 Two elevations and two plans 4 Plan and elevation


(3) bar scales of approximately 1/13 inch to 1 foot, 1/16 inch to 1 foot (4) to a scale


3 No 3, Design for a Prospect Building, No 5, Design for a Temple, 23:0 4 No 4, Design for a Prospect Building 3-4 John Dennison Esqr

Signed and dated

  • (3-4) after April 1786 (see Notes)

Medium and dimensions

(3-4) Pen and pencil on laid paper (364 x 244) bound into Precedents in Architecture SM volume 41


(3-4) John Sanders (pupil 1 September 1784-90)


(3-4) T French


In April 1786 Soane provided John Denison with four designs for a prospect tower and one design for a temple, charging 10 gns for the tower and 5 guineas for the temple drawing. Drawings 3 and 4 are three of those five designs. The two other prospect tower drawings, as shown in the Denison papers (See R. Hewlings, op.cit, for images) are variants of 'No 3': design No 1 is a nonagonal plan with a triangular central stairwell, rising six floors in two stages, the fourth storey having bracketed pediments over round-headed windows and a portico on the ground floor; design No 2 is on a circular plan with squared ends, rising four floors in two stages and having pedimented windows on two storeys. Design No 3 (drawing 3) has the same plan as No 2, with three floors beneath a domed roof, and a balcony with strigilated banisters projecting on the second storey. The final design, No 4 (drawing 4) has a four-part plan consisting of four towers around a circular centre, the towers rising over the centre and capped with domed turrets.

The two-storey domed temple design on drawing 3 is the same as that sold to the client, having a hexagonal plan with a paired Doric order projecting at three corners.

Drawings 3 and 4 show alterations made to the drawings in pencil; these alterations, such as round-headed windows on No 4 and projecting apse in the temple, were not part of those designs sent to Denison in April 1786. Drawings 3 and 4, therefore, were made after April 1786 and as documentation of those designs sold to the client.



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