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SM volume 42/108


Sketch design


Elevation of a building with a distyle portico in antis, fronted by steps, with a pair of small windows on either side and, on top and behind a parapet, a circular pavilion with columns and conical roof centred over the portico; elevational detail ?

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen and brush on laid paper with three fold marks (194 x 320)




Britannia with spear, shield and olive branch within a crowned oval frame


A hastily dashed off rough design for possibly a garden building of some kind. The site slopes on either side so perhaps it was for a prospect tower.



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