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Final scheme for the house, c1777, partly executed

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datable to c1777

Notes

Like the various unexecuted schemes for the house, this design comprises an interesting mixture of castle-style and classical elements. Work to realise this design was begun in 1777, but abandoned and left unfinished only a year later (see scheme notes). According to Rowan this drawing is the best surviving evidence of the form of the older classical house, as it shows the proportions of the façade.

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