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image SM volume 42/29

Reference number

SM volume 42/29


Variant sketch design


Rough plan, elevation and detail of pedestal to column


dimensions and calculations given, and (pen over pencil) Mr Robins / Pullinger / Black

Signed and dated

  • (pen) May 4. 1800

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen inscriptions on thin laid paper (201 x 322)




C Patch 1799


Soane began work on alterations and additions to Aynhoe Park in 1799 and there are drawings (SM 6/4/1-47 and see also Concise Catalogue for the new library, dining room and drawing room with bedrooms above. Twin triumphal arches were built on the north side to link the house with the previously detached office and stable blocks.
Of the names that Soane wrote on his drawing: 'Mr Robins' probably refers to John Robins, auctioneer and estate agent of Warwick Street, Golden Square, London for whom Soane designed Norwood Hall, Norwood Green in what was then Middlesex but is now London. There is a copy set of 9 contract drawings dated 8 July 1801 and other drawings in the Soane Museum (SM 4/4/14-24, 81/2/59). Coincidentally, the front elevation was designed on a triumphal arch theme. (see D.Stroud, Sir John Soane, architect, 2nd ed., 1996, pp.184,207,210,282; G.Darley, John Soane:an accidental Romantic , 1999, pp.154,244,267,292, for information on Robins)
'Pullinger' is John Pullinger, a clerk of works and master carpenter who supplied a design for a roof for Aynhoe (SM 77/1/46). 'Black' has not been traced.



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