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image SM volume 59/102

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SM volume 59/102


[32] Perspective to a different design


Perspective of a two storey (with basement) house that is five bays wide. There is a central entrance reached by stairs and and to each side there is a secondary or garden entrance placed on the front building line.


L. Austwick Esqre Reading

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, burnt umber and blue washes with quadruple-ruled and sepia wash border on laid paper (280 x 394) affixed to p. 102 of volume 59


Soane office


A comparison with a photograph taken by Dorothy Stroud before 1959 (SM green files) when the house was demolished shows it to be of two storeys with basement and five bays wide. It has the 'sentry boxes' on each side that appear in the drawing but without pediments and there is a railinging in front of the house. The drawing may represent an alternative design by Soane that differs greatly from drawings [1]-[31] and that was built with modifications. So that, for example, a three-bay front with large windows became a five- bay front with narrow windows. Or, the design shown here was modified by the owner at the time of building or subsequently. No correspondence from or to Soane has been found that would clarify the matter.



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