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image SM (10) 29/3/3

Reference number

SM (10) 29/3/3


Design for the exteriors of the north-east addition, 9 September 1788


10 Elevation of Front of new addition and elevation of end front; (verso) front and side elevations of an alternative castellated design


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Countess of Pembroke, present house; (verso, pencil) Qy Chimn[ey]

Signed and dated

  • Copy Sepr 9th 1788

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and wash on laid paper (533 x 343)


attributed to John McDonnell (pupil 1786-91)


The new addition has a drawing room and ante-room on the ground floor and two bedrooms on the storey above. The exterior in drawing 10 has crow-stepped gables and attenuated round-headed windows. The drawing shows part of the existing building, having a hipped roof and a bracketed cornice. The building today has crow-stepped gables as in drawing 10 (P. Dean).

The new wing overlooked the Thames valley, its design lending to the picturesque landscape (P. Dean, op. cit.).

The verso has unfinished elevations for an alternative exterior design, showing a wing surrounded by a pronounced castellated parapet. In its windows and roof line, however, this design closely corresponds to the existing house.


P. Dean, Sir John Soane and London, 2006, p. 23.



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