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Reference number

SM 29/4D/2


[2] Variant designs for the south front, 12 July 1789


Part-ground floor plan; elevation; and fliers showing an alternative south elevation; (verso) detail of Entablature to the door & windows


to a scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot; (verso) full size


(Soane) as above, Richd Willis Esqr / Liverpool, The carpenter / must lay The / lintels over the / windows of the / hall & chamber story should be / laid so as to / admit one pane / of glass of each part to throw / up into the head / of each window, The red shows the ground when the / building is finished / As the steps will not be executed until / building is roofed in, it may perhaps / be thought more eligible to ---- / decrease the length of them, as shewn / on the left --- by the dotted lines A / A circular window might be insert / made in the tympanum of the / pediment to ventilate the roof / & preserve the timber, hall floor, dimensions given, (on flier) Shew two elevations (verso, Soane) The same architrave round the window of the / chamber storey // B. The dotted lines shew the weathering to the cornice of / the windows & it is to be observed that / the inverted cavetto A is entirely omitted as / is shewn in the elevation // The mason is desired to be very careful in / preserving the profiles of the mouldings / according to the drawings, door: architrave 8"¼ / frieze 6¾ / cornice the same as windows / with the addition of the cimia / recta at top & blocking above / it; line of frieze, wall line, this molding / is added over / the door, B, wall line, wall line, A, depth of / dentil, (red pen) recessed 2½ / deep, Part of the architrave / shewing its situation on / the window stool, window stool

Signed and dated

  • 12 July 1789
    July 12 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey and pink washes on laid paper (515 x 644)


Soane office and Soane
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Soane office and Soane



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