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  • image SM 2/7A/18

Reference number

SM 2/7A/18


[9] Front elevation


Elevation of the Front


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, Lancelot Austwick Esqr , (pencil)to be filld up to the top as you canand to be filld up the same

Signed and dated

  • 11/03/1796
    11th March 1796

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pale yellow and blue washes on laid paper (541 x 422)


Soane office hand (no entry in Day Book)


The front elevation is very plain, three windows wide and with a door at each end. The instruction 'to ... fill up to the top as you can' refers to the vertical spaces over the single storey entrances on each side. This would add 10 feet 6 inches to the width of the house at first and second floor levels. See drawings [15] and [16] for another, very different, design for the front elevation



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