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image SM vol. 67/14

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SM vol. 67/14


[25] Design for the new offices, 27 January 1802


Elevation of Front No 3 [the south front] - See Ground Plan


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Samuel Thornton Esqr, floor (twice) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 27 January 1802
    L.I.Fds Jany 27 1801 (sic); (alterations to roof) April 4 1802; April 3d 1803 / Clock

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen and sepia wash on laid paper (333 x 579)


Soane Office


The reference to 'Front No 3' relates to drawing [20]. This drawing has been altered by Soane, perhaps on more than one occasion. In pen, a hipped roof has been added and scored lines have been added to the tower. In pencil, a small dome with a vane has been added to the tower. The outbuildings' large windows conceal the fact that this is a two-storey structure. To the right is one of the passages connecting the new offices to the house.



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