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SM 5/2/8


[3] Design, not executed


Plan with some pencil amendments and front elevation


1/9 in to 1 ft (approximately)


labelled; Eating Parlor / 20' by 16', Drawing room / 18' by 22'6", Bedroom / 20' by 13:6, Water Clost, Dressing room / 15' by 10:6, Cabinet / 12'x5' (right-hand wing) Stewards Parlor / 14':6" Square, Evidence / room, Stewards / Kitchen / 8' by 12', (left-hand wing) Wet Larder, Dry Larder, Passage to Kitchen, Kitchen / 14':6" by 20'

Signed and dated

  • Datable to 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and raw umber washes, pencil, shaded within double ruled border on laid paper (382 x 473)




fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche with GR below


P. du Prey identified this drawing as a presentation drawing from Soane's sketch designs for a three-part villa for Rowland Burdon and regarded it 'as one of the most significant domestic designs of Soane's early period.' For example, the compact planning, and the bowed centre of the back facade were to become important features of Soane's country house planning throughout the 1780s. du Prey (op.cit.) also draws attention to the sketches of the Villas Maldura and Molin near Padua drawn by Soane on his way home to England in May 1780, as a source for Soane's Castle Eden sketch designs. (see' Notes Italy & I.talian language &c', 1780 (SM volume 162), 160 recto) cross reference needed


P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp. 120-22



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