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SM volume 42/84


Sketch design


Five-part plan and three-storey, three-bay elevation with portico in antis, and an alternative plan with a projecting reception room with canted bay


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Medium and dimensions

Pen on thin laid paper with two fold marks (186 x 230)




part of crown and C Taylor


This initial idea for a compact villa, internally about 50 feet wide and 36 feet deep, is simple and elegant. The recessed portico, 12 feet wide, gives on to a staircase hall of the same width with a cantilevered stair in two flights, and an oval secondary stair at the back. On each side are two reception rooms.



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