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  • image SM volume 42/91

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SM volume 42/91


[4] Sketch design


Rough plan on a semicircle with a courtyard, amended (in pencil) to a full circle, part-perspective in a plain Classical style, and another perspective in a Gothic style


For 36 Horses, & 4 Coaches double for Castle Eden

Signed and dated

  • Datable to 1780

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, pencil on laid paper with three fold marks (318 x 200)




C Taylor


The design could not have been a serious proposal. Soane made a note in his sketchbook 'Stables for 30 horses & Carriage' but that seems rather large for a quite modest-sized house. (see Sketchbooks catalogue: 'Downhill' 1780-1, volume 82/19 verso)



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