- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
12 as above, plan labelled: Fuel, Bedroom, Keeping Room with (pencil, Soane) Oven, Copper, door (pen) Wash House (cancelled by Soane and in pencil, Buttery), Buttery (cancelled by Soaneand in pencil) Shop
An earlier drawing has a note '2 lodges one with flints' and both of these designs employ flints, though the smaller lodge has 'rough cast' for the porch and privy. Flint was locally available and perhaps Higgs Beach requested it. Both lodges have thatched roofs. The lodge designs differ from Soane's earliest executed example in a primitive, rustic style - the dairy at Hamels Park, 1783 (q.v.) - a Doric temple with tree-trunk columns. Here a striking element (drawing 11) is the segmental-headed, rusticated arch to the window and the emphatic plinth and platband. The larger lodge (drawing 12) has a rusticated segmental 'pediment' over the door whose heavy lintel is repeated over the single-mullioned, lattice-windows on either side. The impression is grimly austere.
The reference (drawing 11) 'A Copy of this sent to Mr / Ellis May: 9 1791' relates to another of Soane's clients. A 'Mr Ellis' of Wydiall House near Buntingford, Hertfordshire who had asked Soane for designs for cottages. (P. Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.183).
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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