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Reference number

SM volume 42/133


Sketch revised design


Plan and front elevation

See Tyringham House, drawing 85, for full catalogue of SM volume 42/133


bar scale (pricked for transfer) of 1/13 in to 1 ft


rooms labelled Green H[ouse], Drawg [room], Eat [in]g [room], Bill[iard]d Room and (?) Airey

Signed and dated

  • datable to c.1794

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, pencil on laid paper with three fold marks (220 x 339)




fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche and 1794 below


In 1792, Soane surveyed the existing Elizabethan manor house at Tyringham and made designs for alterations. But in June 1793, the decision was made to build a new house and 'fair' drawings were with the client by the end of the year. The house was occupied in 1797and the stables completed in 1800 after demolition of the old house.
In the rough drawing catalogued above, the plan is quite close to the executed one and includes, for example, the idea of a 'tribune'. The elevation has the essentials of, for example, the bowed, porticoed entrance and the segmental bow on the garden side. It is interesting to see Soane getting close to his final overall design. For drawings for Tyringham see (this) volume 42/45, 42/147, 42/164, and SM 3/5/1-46 and Concise Catalogue for further drawings


N.Pevsner & E.Williamson, Buckinghamshire, 1994, pp. 703-6; D.Stroud, Sir John Soane, architect, 2nd ed., 1996, pp.169-74; G. Darley, John Soane: an accidental Romantic, 1999, pp.106-110; M.Richardson and M.Stevens, John Soane architect: master of space and light, 1999, pp.128-39



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