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Reference number

SM 35/3/12


[7] Finished design for a new villa


Plan and elevation


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


John Thomson Esqre, Design for a Villa, labelled Drawing Room, Eating Room, Billiard Room, Mrs Thomson's / Room, China / Closet/ etc, Butlers / Pantry, Mr Thomson's / Room, Hall, House Keeper's / Room, Office Court andYoung Ladies Room

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and red washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (517 x 695)


Soane office hand


The plan has the essentials of sketch designs [1 to 5]. That is, a bowed room for Mrs Thomson in the centre of the left-hand side and on an axis with the entrance (with four columns) on the right-hand side. The front elevation has a four-column extended portico framed by four Ionic columns and two Ionic pedestals. The eight windows of this garden front are full length including that to Mrs Thomson's room on the left-hand side. On plan, this is shown to have a glazed semicircular extension that suggests a conservatory.
The elevation keeps, more or less to the scheme shown in drawings [1 to 3] that has a seven bay front ([3] has nine bays) and a three-bay attic floor.

The idea of a new house rather than alterations and additions to an existing one was soon given up and drawings were made for re-useing the existing house.



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