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volume 42/60


Sketch design


Ground floor plan of six-part villa with Eat[ing]g Room, Little Eatg Room, Library, Drawing Room, Bill[iar]d Room, entrance hall with two geometrical staircases, and anteroom, and with a portico at front and back


bar scale of 1/11 in to 1 ft


as above, Columns 3 feet diam[eter], dimensions given and calculations

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on laid paper (221 x 388)




scrolly ? W encircled (part)


The villa is approximately 83 feet wide by 47 feet deep and is fronted by a portico in antis with twin coupled columns and a wide stair. The garden entrance is fronted by a wide perron and shallow portico with four columns. This appears to be an early design by Soane but not, for example, related to (Soane's architectural education ... :) Design for a large villa, made in Rome on 11 November 1779 or his (Soane's architectural education ...:) Alternate designs for a (hunting) casino, c.1780. Nor to designs published in, for example, Plans, elevations and sections of buildings, 1788 though the plan for Tendring Hall (plate 18) also has a billiard room which was not often a requirement at that time.



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