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  • image SM volume 59/15

Reference number

SM volume 59/15


[4] Design for elevation in a Classical style, 'A No. 2'


Front elevation in a setting


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


David Scott Esqr, A / No. 2

Signed and dated

  • 7/1795
    John Soane Archt July 1795

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia,raw Sienna, black, blue and green washes, shaded with sepia and sepia and black wash border on laid paper (283 x 462) tipped into volume 59, page 15


Soane Office


fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR


Labelled 'A No.2' this design is intended as a variant of design 'A No.1' so that it has an Ionic portico but with four instead of six columns and as with drawing [1] there is banded rustication for the ground floor. Different is a crowning balustrade that runs the width of the elevation and neither basement nor attic are shown but instead there is a three-bay, pedimented second floor to the rear.



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