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image SM 6/1/1

Reference number

SM 6/1/1

Purpose

[1] Survey drawing of the south front, copied 1790

Aspect

South elevation of the centre range

Scale

bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Elevation of the centre part of the House at Wimpole, The Earl of Hardwicke, 84'9" Whole Extent, and dimensions given, 56 Courses (twice), 36 Courses; (verso) Wimple Elevation

Signed and dated

datable to 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within single-ruled border on laid paper pricked for transfer with two fold marks (484 x 379)

Hand

Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office and Guibert
Guibert, draughtsman
Soane office and Guibert

Watermark

Portal and fleur-de-lis

Notes

Prick marks on the drawing indicate that it was copied, probably from the original design drawing by Henry Flitcroft. The hand and three fold marks suggest that it was made at Wimpole and delivered to Soane's office, where it was labelled further by a Soane office hand. The drawing served as a survey of the existing centre south range, built by Henry Flitcroft, c. 1742. The ground and first floors are the same height, measuring 56 courses. The second floor is 36 courses. The pedimented centre range features familiar neo-Palladian elements, having a Diocletian window on the second storey, a Serlian window directly beneath it, and a heavily rusticated doorcase on the ground floor.

The balustraded parapet crowning the roofline of the adjoining wings has been added in pencil on the right-hand side of the sheet.

Level

Drawing

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