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  • image SM volume 41/42 recto

Reference number

SM volume 41/42 recto


[2] Record copy of design for gate and lodges, 1781


Plan of two floors and front and back elevation, without the lamp holders, presumably a neat copy after drawing 1 or a lost original


bar scale of 1/8 in to 1 ft

Signed and dated

  • 1781
    datable to 1781

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey, sepia and blue washes, shaded, some watercolour technique on laid paper (364 x 244)


Possibly MALTON, Thomas, the younger (1748--1804), draughtsman
Except for the sketch details of lamp holders on drawing 1, the drawings are not by Soane. Both drawings are in the same hand. See Notes below on Thomas Malton (1752-1804)


T French


P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp.251-2,255-6,258,264,379 fn.24 (references to SM MSS); D.Stroud, Sir John Soane, architect, 2nd ed. 1996, p.119; M.Richardson and M.Stevens (eds) , John Soane architect: master of space and light, 1999, catalogue 38; P.Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.165



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