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SM (1) volume 42/156 (2) volume 42/157


Preliminary design for a house (2)


1 Elevation for a villa of three storeys and three bays and with a rusticated ground floor and a bowed Ionic portico 2 Ground floor plan; plan of vestibule at a; and rough alternative plan


(1) to a scale of 1/15 in to 1 ft, approximately (2) bar scale of 1/15 in to 1 ft, approximately


1 omit recep.[tion], Rusticate and vertical dimensions given 2 as above, Rt Honble Lady Granard, rooms labelled: Writg / Closet / &c, Library & Breakfas[t], Eatg Room, Kitchen and omit (secondary portico), dimensions given and (feint pencil) calculations

Signed and dated

  • (2) Monday Ap.5:1790

Medium and dimensions

(1-2) Brown pen, sepia wash, pencil on laid paper (145 x 297, 184 x 312)


(1-2) Soane


(1) fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche (sheet trimmed) (2) GR (sheet trimmed)


A bowed eating room occupies one end of the building, to the right of the entrance hall. The opposite side contains the front-facing library and smaller rooms behind. The entrance hall is at the centre of the plan and leads directly to a generous principal stairwell at the rear. A kitchen is attached to the rear of the house and accessed via a covered walkway.

The building's layout is the same as Soane's designs for Hockerill (1786, q.v.) and Hethersett (1788, q.v.). However, this house is to a larger scale and its design and circulation are more refined, having a decorative front hall with curving corners, an integrated bowed end and a generous stairwell from which all the rooms communicate. The the eating room measures 22½ by 28 feet, the Library is 18 by 24 feet, and the front elevation, from floor to roof line, is 41 feet. Hockerill has an eating room measuring 15 feet 2 inches by 23 feet, a drawing room 18 feet 2 inches by 15 feet 2 inches, and a front elevation on only two storey's, measuring 23 feet 10 inches from floor to roof line.


P.du Prey, Sir John Soane, 1985 in series of 'Cataloges of architectural drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985, cat. 65, 66



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