- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- (4) April 6th 1788
The inscription on the verso of drawing 4 refers to a Mr Hawkes and the purchasing of Totternoe stone at 10d per foot. This inscription could relate to a project in 1794, when Soane made designs of a house and shopfront in Piccadilly for Mr Thomas Hawkes (SM 39/1/32-6).
On account of the possible connection with St Albans, an alternative to Mr Hawkes’ identity has been suggested as Joseph Hawke[s] or his son William. Both were stonemasons living in St Albans in the 1774-93 period. The source of this information can be found in the poor rate assessments, militia lists and apprenticeship records. One of these men, presumably the father, was one of the three lead masons at the building of Gorhambury in 1777-84, home to the 3rd Viscount Grimston, and designed by Sir Robert Taylor.
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