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SM (1) 65/3/1


Preliminary design for a prospect tower


1 Perspective; (verso) rough crescent-shaped plan


(verso) John Denison Esq. Leeds

Signed and dated

  • Soan

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes, including olive green, grey and sepia, pencil, within triple-ruled and wash border on laid paper (264 x 201)




(part) fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with W below


Drawing 1 has a tower on a circular plan rising from a three-bay single-storey front. The three ground floor bays are separated by pilasters supporting urns, which are connected by swags that form an entablature. The end bays have projections in front, presumably boxes for plantings. The austere circular tower, finished with a simple roof and glazed windows, does not correspond with the decorative façade. The temple is shown on the edge of a wooded landscape.

'Leeds' (drawing 1 verso) is the Leeds Coach, by which Soane sent off his drawings to Dennison.



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