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image SM 8/4/9

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SM 8/4/9


[14] Preliminary design for a water reservoir, or 'Castello d'Acqua', July 1793


Plan; section; two elevations; two rough plans of the roof; rough perspective


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


(pencil) 13 in

Signed and dated

  • July 1793
    Datable to July 1793 in accord with drawing 15

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and pink and grey washes on wove paper (520 x 496)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office


D. Stroud, 'The charms of natural landscape: the park and gardens at Wimpole II', Country Life, 13 September 1979, p. 760; D. Adshead, '"Like a Roman sepulchre": John Soane's design for a Castello d'acqua at Wimpole...', Apollo, April 2003, pp. 15-20.



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