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image SM 4/4/24

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SM 4/4/24


[12] Design for a veranda, 22 June 1803


Plan, elevation and section of the veranda


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Coppy (sic) sent to / Mr Robins, labelled: B, C, D (twice), E (twice), 8.3, Wall, A The Standards to Pilaster 1¾ by 1¾ / B The Cross Pieces 1¾ by 1¾ / The ---ing work between the Pilasters 1 inch by 3/8 / C The Bars 5/8 by 7/8 / DD 1¾ by 1¾ / E ½ inch by ¼

Signed and dated

  • 22 June 1803
    June 22 1803

Medium and dimensions

Pen and yellow wash, pricked for transfer on laid paper with three fold marks (546 x 645)


Soane Office


A copy of this design for a veranda was sent to Robins on 22 June 1803, roughly a year after the completion of the house. The design echoes the triumphal arch motif of the entrance front (q.v. drawing [7]). The veranda must have been intended for the entrance front - the width of the recess shown in the plan is a little over 16 feet, as in the plan drawing [5], and the height to the apex of the pediment roughly matches the height to the base of the pediment in drawing [7]. It is unknown if the veranda was executed.



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