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Model for Tyringham, Buckinghamshire, (designed by Sir John Soane), made by Joseph Parkins, c.1793-1794, wood
Museum number: X236
Scale 5ft to 1in. The design of this house for William Praed occupied Soane from 1793 until its completion in 1798. The intricate model, which shows the exterior as executed (apart from minor differences in fenestration and attic), separates horizontally to reveal in in sequence internal features of the attic story, the second floor, the mezzanine floors and the ground floor. Soane gave much thought to the form of the vestibule and inner hall or ‘tribune’ during 1795; this model shows a transitional stage of the latter reached by 30 April (drawing 3/3/8). This model is the only surviving one that we know of which was not included in the original Soane bequest but was presented to the client: it was presented to the Museum by F A Koenig in 1918.
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