Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [2] Second design for portico to west front, 1814


  • image SM 34/4/1

Reference number

SM 34/4/1


[2] Second design for portico to west front, 1814


Elevation and part-plan of 5-bay portico - Design No 2,


to a scale (not given)


The Earl of Egremont (twice) , AA, note the ---- distance as A ---,

Signed and dated

  • October 1814

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (570 x 840)


Soane office hand


As with the first design, the portico is five bays wide with three openings. The frieze is decorated by five pairs of wings that could be interpreted as symbols of protection. The order is a plain Doric with banded rustication.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).