None of the drawings for the 'Mansion House' for John Wharton have survived but Soane's Plans, elevations and sections of buildings, 1788 (1789) has three plates (28-30) that show three alternative designs with a ground floor plan and a front elevation for each of them. 'Dark teints shew the old parts' and 'light teints shew the improvements' and successive schemes become larger and more elaborate. In each design, the front is re-faced and the building is extended on the right-hand side. Plate 28 shows a 66 feet wide, three-storey, five-bay building with a pair of coupled Doric columns for the porch; plate 29 shows an 88 feet wide, two-storey, seven-bay building with a four-column, giant Ionic portico; plate 30 shows a 90 feet wide, two-storey, five-bay building with a four-column, giant Ionic portico supporting a pediment. None of these designs was executed.
Other entries in Soane's Ledger B (pp.122-4) relate to 'alterations & additions to Offices' which were executed. There is also a reference to 'Lodges' (19 February 1789) when 'two fair designs' (not executed) were made. Soane's design for the stables was carried out and is described by Ptolemy Dean (op.cit) as 'one of his most handsome stable blocks ... what distinguishes these buildings is their carefully broken-down massing, the control of symmetry and the remarkable articulation of live and blind arches in crisply cut ashlar. Quite properly listed Grade I.'
Literature. P.Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.177
Jill Lever, August 2011
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Contents of Skelton Castle, Yorkshire North Riding (now Cleveland): (executed) stables and alterations to the offices for John Wharton, 1790-1791 (10)
- Working drawings (copies), close to as executed, for the stables, 1790-1 (5 on 3 sheets)
- Working drawings for alterations and additions to the offices, 1791 (5)