In fact, allowing for the elaborate sculptural programme, heavy rustication, drum and a greater number of (free-standing) columns, the designs are not dissimilar - design A, a stripped down, simpler version of B with both having a three-part plan with concave sides and a (Pantheon-type) domed centre. Both designs loosely belong to a family of ideal projects made while in Italy, for example, ‘Castello d’acqua’, Chatham mausoleum, Unidentified mausoleum on an X-plan and, in particular the triangular Unidentified design for a bath (q.q.q.q.v).
The (Earl-)Bishop apparently maintained his interest in building a doghouse. An unexecuted design signed by James Malton (1765-1803), inscribed ‘Proposal for a triangular building’, dated 1792 and with staffage that includes the Bishop is described by Desmond Guinness (see below).
Literature. P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.159-62: P.du Prey, '"Je n'oublieray jamais": John Soane and Downhill', Quarterly Bulletin of the Irish Georgian Society, XXI, Nos 3&4, 1978, pp.19-20; D.Guinness, ‘An unpublished watercolour by James Malton from the collection of Desmond Guinness', Journal of the Irish Georgian Society, VI, 2003, pp.226-37
Jill Lever, January 2006
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Contents of Downhill, County Derry, Northern Ireland: (unexecuted) alternative designs for a doghouse for Frederick Hervey, Bishop of Derry and 4th Earl of Bristol, 1778-1779 and later (4)
- Design A in a Neo-Classical style, December 1778 or early 1779 (1)
- Record drawing of design A, 1835 or after (1)
- Re-drawings of design B in a Classical style, 1811 or after, ?1820 (2)