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SM (2) 65/3/4


Presentation drawing for a prospect tower in a Gothic style


2 Plan; elevation; and rough elevation of a gothic porch


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


dimensions given and (pencil) calculations

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes, including sepia, grey, blue and olive green, within single wash border on laid paper (233 x 460)


Soane office


fleur-de-lis with shield and W below


The castellated prospect tower resembles design 'No 1' sent to Dennison in April 1786 (see drawings 3 and 4), with a multi-sided polygonal plan, narrow loop windows on three floors surmounted by a full range of round-headed windows on the fourth storey, surmounted by an additional stage. Drawing 2, however, has the internal stairwell surmounted by a gothic lantern. The pinnacled lantern has quatrefoils and crockets surrounding ogee arches on three sides. The open arches would have shed light into the stairwell within.



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