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image SM volume 42/55

Reference number

SM volume 42/55


Variant sketch designs


Three rough plans of ground floor, rough elevation of ? fountain and (verso) another variant plan of ground floor


Rooms labelled: Kitc[hen], Back Cou[rt], Lib.[rary], d-- (illegible), Breakf[ast room], draw[ing room], Eat[ing room], Ball[room], some dimensions given and calculations, and (pencil) Asylum / Preacher / Mr Richardson; (verso, pencil) rooms labelled

Signed and dated

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Medium and dimensions

Pencil, brown pen on laid paper (237 x 377)




fleur-de-lis and 1810


These variant plans precede seven more (on four sheets, SM 73/4/1-4) dated 16 and 23 November 1818. William Hamilton, Provincial Agent had asked Soane to design an Assembly, Legislative Council, Courts and accommodation for officials as well as a Residence but the project never got beyond these initial designs.


D.Stroud, Sir John Soane, architect, 2nd ed., 1996, p.276; G.Darley, John Soane: an accidental Romantic, 1999, p. 251



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