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image SM volume 66/52

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SM volume 66/52


[7] Design for the front elevation


Elevation of the Entrance Front Saint James' Square


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above and running vertical dimensions given from Flooor of Basement Story

Signed and dated

  • John Soane Archt June 21 1794

Medium and dimensions

Black pen, black, raw umber and sepia washes with quadruple ruled and wash border on wove paper (700 x 490) on page 52 of volume 66


attributed to Frederick Meyer (1774 - ?), pupil April 1791-1796


The front is of five bays and four storeys together with a semi-basement with segmental-headed windows. The ground floor has banded rustication and the portico has an Ionic order in which the fluted shafts are stopped for the lower one-third of their height. Soane was to use the same unconventional stopping (though for a Doric order) in his design for Tyringham in Buckinghamshire a year later. (See D.Watkin, Thomas Hope and the Neo-Classical Idea, 1968, p.89).



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