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Reference number

SM 36/2/27

Purpose

[14] Design for the north or south elevation

Aspect

Elevation

Scale

bar scale of 5/9 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

labelled: 232 [feet], E

Signed and dated

circa

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia (brown) wash within single ruled border on laid paper (355 x 516)

Hand

William Kent (1685 - 1748)

Watermark

fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche / 4

Notes

The elevation does not exactly correspond with the plans (drawings [11-12]) but there are several points of agreement, notably the serliana in the centre of the façade and the niches on either side of the windows in the piano nobile of the corner towers. As in the west elevation (drawing [13]) the entablatures of the windows on the piano nobile are linked.

(Salmon, p. 342)

Level

Drawing

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