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Elevation of the entrance facade of Burn Hall, County Durham

Architectural Drawing
1783-5 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Elevation of the entrance facade of a two-storey country house with a giant Ionic tetrastyle curving portico surmounted by urns and a central dome. The frieze is copied from the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
pen and ink drawing with brown and grey wash
Brief Description
Elevation of the entrance facade of Burn Hall, County Durham, designed by John Soane, 1783-5
Physical Description
Elevation of the entrance facade of a two-storey country house with a giant Ionic tetrastyle curving portico surmounted by urns and a central dome. The frieze is copied from the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli.
Dimensions
  • Height: 26.2cm
  • Width: 38.7cm
Dimensions taken from du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. Sir John Soane: Catalogues of Architectural Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1985
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
Villa design (inscribed on page)
Object history
This drawing was pasted into a copy of Sir John Soane's book Designs for Public and Private Buildings owned by Soane's assistant Charles James Richardson. Richardson built up a large collection of originals and copies (many of which he executed himself) of his master's designs, and distributed the bulk of them into two folio volumes, interspersed with the printed pages of the book. These volumes were bought by the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) in 1863.



In 1783 Soane was commissioned by George Smith to build a new mansion (Burn Hall) on his estate in County Durham. By all accounts Smith had a mania for building. He over-extended himself and eventually went bankrupt, after commissioning Burn Hall and Piercefield in Monmouthshire from Soane. The Piercefield project claimed Smith's attention to the detriment of Burn Hall, which was never built. According to du Prey (1985) this drawing is probaly the one which went on exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1785, and was later collected by Richardson.
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Bibliographic References
  • du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. Sir John Soane: Catalogues of Architectural Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1985, pp.42-3, cat.61, pl.12
  • Soane, J. Plans, Elevations, and Sections of Buildings Erected in the Counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, etc., London, 1788, pls. 34, 35
  • Stroud, D. The Architecture of Sir John Soane, 1961, p. 157
  • du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. 'Oblivion for Soane's Cow Barn?'. Country Life, 59 (1976), p. 84
  • du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. John Soane: The Making of an Architect, Chicago, 1982, p. 281, fig. 13.16 (cat. 61)
Collection
Accession Number
3306:172

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