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SM volume 42/45


Sketch re-design for the entrance hall and inner hall (tribune)


Rough plan of the house with hatching indicating the revised areas, and front elevation

See drawing 84 in scheme for Tyringham (q.v.)


labelled Cornice / Circular, Dres:[sing room] and dimensions given

Signed and dated

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Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, hatching, some pencil, (the plan outlined on the verso in pencil) on wove paper (388 x 253)




The client's intention had been to remodel the existing house. Soane made his first site visit in August 1792 and by June 1793, the decision was made to rebuild Tyringham. The work was completed in about 1800. The date of the drawing (12 February 1796) shows that Soane was reconsidering his earlier design for the entrance hall and tribune (inner hall). This was not resolved until 12 and 13 June 1796 when Soane made revised plans and elevational sections (SM drawings 3/5/39, 3/5/34). On 28 September 1796, the Clerk of Works sent details of the hall ceiling and wrote of the problem of reconciling the dimensions of an earlier design with the present one (SM 3/5/39).
See also (this) volume 42/133, 42/147, 42/164, and SM 3/5/1-46 and Concise Catalogue for further drawings


N.Pevsner & E.Williamson, Buckinghamshire, 1994, pp. 703-6; D.Stroud, Sir John Soane, architect, 2nd ed., 1996, pp.169-74; G.Darley, John Soane: an accidental Romantic, 1999, pp.106-110



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