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  • image SM volumes 59/6 and 59/7

Reference number

SM volumes 59/6 and 59/7


[2] Design with a reduced plan of John Henderson's rival scheme, 1778


Floor plan and laid-out wall elevations/sections of a room with a shallow domed ceiling on an oval plan, supported by two detached and six attached Corinthian columns. The apsidal end with three windows is at the west end. With reduced plan labelled (pencil) Mr Henderson, Rome showing an oval plan with four segmental apses within a rectangle; and an oval ceiling plan. Verso of right-hand side of drawing (volume 59/7), a rough (pencil) plan of a large, nine-part building with differently shaped rooms - apparently unrelated to Downhill.


bar scale of feets 1/5in to 1ft approximately


as above

Signed and dated

  • 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink and blue washes, pencil on laid paper (420 x 445, single drawing on two pages)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


(verso on volume 59/7) Pencil plan of unidentified 9-part house


J Honig & Zoon and bend on shield with bell below surmounted by fleur-de-lis


P. du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.52-3; P. du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, p.114 (account of the quarrel)



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