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Presentation drawings, more or less as executed, July 1787 (2)

The entry for Ebdon in Howard Colvin's Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840, 2008, shows that he worked for Henry Holland in the 1770s as did Soane. After travelling in Italy, Ebdon set up practice for himself and, when commissions were sparse, worked as occasional draughtsman to Soane. A.T.Bolton's The Works of Sir John Soane, F.R.S., F.S.A., R.A. (1753-1837), [1923], Appendix C has the following note on Ebdon -'Employed as a draughtsman 7 to 21 March, at Albion Place, Cambridge Scheme. 22-23 April, Great Scotland Yard. "2 large drawings left unfinished." Acc. 14 March, 1792 [a letter sent by Ebdon to Soane from 62 Titchfield Street]. June, 1793, writes saying he is going north. Memo. 3 March 1791, Albion Place. "At the rate of £200 per ann. the hours of business to be 9; if more, to be paid for, if less deducted." singed Christopher Ebdon. He was a pupil of James Paine. He appears also to have been employed previously in Nov., 1789 and July, 1790.' Ebdon's drawing style, as seen here, was competent but without flair. The drawings show the same design except that in the perspective, the portico has a Tivoli-style bucranium and garland frieze and a statue on the apex of the pediment that were not executed. Soane had intended stucco for the elevations but this was not carried out and the red brick was left bare. As was the convention, the several chimney stacks were omitted from the drawings.
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