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5 to 10 (SM volume 164) Note on the so-called Villa of Lucullus near Terracina, 25 December 1778

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5 to 10 (SM volume 164) Note on the so-called Villa of Lucullus near Terracina, 25 December 1778

Notes

On Christmas Day, about 20 miles north-west of Terracina, Soane and Frederick Hervey, Bishop of Derry, explored the ruins of the supposed Villa of Lucullus, its true site still unknown. Soane roughly measured and drew a plan of what the Bishop thought was the dining room or triclinium of the celebrated gastronome. That plan became the basis of his design for a new dining room for the (by then) Earl Bishop see (in Drawings catalogue): Soane's early works ...: Downhill: County Derry, Northern Ireland. unexecuted designs for a summer dining room, and for alterations and additions, for Frederick Hervey, Bishop of Derry and 4th Earl of Bristol, 1778-80 (11)
Literature. P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.153-7; P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp.116, 134

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