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image SM volume 62/63

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SM volume 62/63


[8] Record design for a new house: plan and elevation


Ground floor plan and elevation


bar scale of 1/13 inch to 1 foot


T. P. Phipps Esq / The Entrance front of a design proposed, The Plan of the Hall Floor, rooms labelled: Hall, Dressing Room, Library, Eating Room, Breakfast and Dining Room

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, red and blue washes on thin laid paper (365 x 236) mounted on p.63 of volume 62


Soane Office




The plan is fairly similar to to the right-hand plan of drawing [1] though with a deeper bow and with the stairs placed next to each other thus allowing for an extra reception room. The elevation is formal with, for example, the blank end bays having square-headed alcoves for urns below square niches each with a roundel; four pilasters model the the centre with (ground floor) three-part door and windows beneath blind segmental heads. Small sculpted lions guard the entrance.



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