In 1763 Sir Lawrence purchased 19 Arlington Street for £15,000. The entire street had been built by Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington from 1682, on land which had previously been part of Green Park. The majority of the houses had been rebuilt in the 1730s, including number 11, which was rebuilt in 1732-38 for Lord Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville, to designs by an unknown architect. Harris has suggested that Isaac Ware (1704-66) or Henry Flitcroft (1697-1769) are 'likely candidates'.
As at his country estate in Hertfordshire, Moor Park, Sir Lawrence employed Robert Adam to make designs to alter and refit the house. According to Arthur Bolton, during the years 1763-68 Sir Lawrence spent £9,000 on the architectural works at Moor Park and 19 Arlington Street. Adam made designs for an additional wing to be built at the rear of the townhouse, facing Green Park, and to contain a new great room. Nothing came of these designs, although Adam did make alterations to the interior of the house. However, in order to make his designs for this unexecuted extension Adam made survey drawings of the house (Adam volume 32/52-53). These are the only graphic record of the building prior to its demolition.
Following Sir Lawrence's death, Moor Park was sold by his son Thomas in 1784. The contents were dispersed within 19 Arlington Street and another Dundas property, Aske Hall, Richmond, Yorkshire. 19 Arlington Street remained the townhouse of the Dundas family, by then elevated to Marquesses of Zetland, until its demolition in 1936. Various items were removed to Aske Hall, and others were sold at Sotheby's. 17-20 Arlington Street is now rebuilt as mansion flats.
See also: Moor Park
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Frances Sands, 2012
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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Contents of Arlington Street, number 19, London: unexecuted designs for an extension, and executed designs for interior decoration, for Sir Lawrence Dundas, 1763-66, (11)
- Survey plans of the house prior to any alteration by Adam, c1763 (2)
- Finished drawings and record drawing for an addition to the house, c1763-65, unexecuted (3)
- Finished drawing for a sofa for the saloon, 1764, as executed (1)
- Design for a table for the gallery, 1765, as executed (1)
- Alternative designs for pier glass frames for the gallery, 1765, drawing 10 as executed (3)
- Unfinished design for a china cupboard for Lady Dundas's dressing room, 1766 (1)