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Preliminary design by George Dance, made before 18 March 1778


3 Rough elevation of front with indication of single storey pavilion wings; alternative design for entrance with three semicircular arches, cut from the sheet and pasted as a flier over existing design with columns; plan of colonnade on a segmental plan with pavilion end; rough elevation of pavilion end; and very rough alternative part-elevation


to varying approximate scales

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash, shaded, pencil, trace lines on secretary paper with three fold marks, two corners missing (193 x 321)


George Dance (1741-1825)


stuck down


Drawn freehand but over some ruled pencil lines and with washed shade and shading, it is difficult to visualise the plan from this elevation.

The design is compact with two full-height storeys rather than the one and a half floors of the final design. du Prey (op.cit) considers that this drawing was made by Soane before he left for Italy on 18 March 1778. And notes that the drawing 'technique here has great affinities with that used by George Dance in sketches, but with greater reliance on wash.' This cataloguer is confident that the drawing is by Dance.


P. du Prey, John Soane’s architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.91-2



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