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  • image SM 5/3/7

Reference number

SM 5/3/7


[1] Presentation drawing of the existing house, 1786


Elevation of Principal Front of House and Offices


bar scale of 1/16 inch to 1 foot, approximately


as above, Castle Hill, The Right Honble Lord Fortescue

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1786-91 (see Notes)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey and sepia washes, pencil within double ruled and wash border on laid paper (470 x 560)


John McDonnell (1770-?, pupil 1786-91) and John Sanders (1758-?1826, pupil 1784-90)


J Whatman and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with W below


Built on a shallow H-shaped plan, the nine-bay front has slightly projecting end-bays. A bracketed entablature and balustraded parapet continue across the front and a cupola faced with a Diocletian window crowns the roof. Single-storey office wings extend at both ends, each wing faced with a round-headed niche and terminating in a domed pavilion.

The elevation shows the house before Soane's alterations and, as in drawings SM volume 67/51 and SM volume 64/225, it was probably made in April or May 1786 when Soane sent Lord Fortescue an 'elevation of the house as it now is' (Journal No 1, p.81).



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