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SM P134


[8] Design for a gateway and lodges, 1799


Perspective by J.M.Gandy


An Entrance to a Park

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes, framed drawing, hung in the Picture Room


Joseph Michael Gandy ARA (1771 - 1843)


Exhibited at the Royal Academy, No.1013, 1799 under the title 'The entrance into Bagshot Park, a seat of H.R.H. Prince William of Gloucester'. The entrance is in three parts, that is, a single storey lodge with pavilion roof on either side of a taller archway. The lodges have a single segmental-headed window (on the road front) with multi-paned glass. As shown in the detail drawings ([6-7]) there is a striking use of brick with knapped flint so that there are flint pilasters and flint is used in the gaps between the brick toothing. The arch is crowned by a stone coat-of-arms and two antefixes.
Soane was to use brick and knapped flint for the (now demolished) dairy at Betchworth Castle, Surrey, the (now demollished) Cumberland Gate to Hyde Park and most notably for the entrance to his own house at Ealing, that is, Pitzhanger Manor (q.v.).



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