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  • image SM volume 42/135 recto and verso

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SM volume 42/135 recto and verso


Preliminary design


Plan and elevations and (verso, pencil) perspective of an alternative design


bar scale of 1/16 in to 1 ft


Bath, Loggia, Copper, A dressing room / 15 by 9, lighted / by a skylight and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • datable to c. 1779 ?

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, pencil, hatching on laid paper with one fold mark (233 x 170)




du Prey (op.cit.) has suggested that the bath-house was designed to be placed next to Thomas Pitt's house in Hereford Street, London but that it was not executed. The commission, if such it was, could have been made in about August 1779 when both men were in Italy. Soane carried out alterations and additions to some properties belonging to Pitt (later 1st Baron Camelford) between 1781 and 1786 (see, for example, 42/127).
See also (Soane's early works ...) London: Hereford Street, Grosvenor Street, Westminster: Unexecuted designs for the Society of Dilettanti and for a library for Lord Camelford, 1784-5


P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp.124-5; D.Stroud, Sir John Soane, 2nd ed., 1999, p. 280



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