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SM 34/4/2


[1] First design for portico to west front, 1814


Elevation and wall plan of the 21-bay front with proposed addition of five-bay portico


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


The Right Honble the Earl of Egremont, Design No 1

Signed and dated

  • 00/10/1814
    John Soane Archt Lincolns Inn Fields / Octr 1814

Medium and dimensions

Pen, yellow, black and red washes, with triple ruled sepia and black border on wove paper (564 x 1210)


Soane office hand


Following a decision to have an entrance to the west front Soane proposed a five bay portico with panel pilasters with the first floor having banded rustication.

Earlier, the west front had been 'modified' by Matthew Brettingham, 1774-1779 by, for example, the lengthening of the ground floor windows.



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