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Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Hanover Square, London: elevation of a single-storey building with Tuscan temple front

Photo courtesy of Rodolfo Acevedo Rodriguez (All rights reserved)

Details

Country House
West Wycombe
Title(s)
Hanover Square, London: elevation of a single-storey building with Tuscan temple front
Date
c.1749–52
Location
Unframed, drawings chest outside Library, location 240 on Dashwood list, AP 174, Witt 941/11 (37)
Medium and support
Ink and wash on paper
Dimensions
Overall height: 32.3 cm, Overall width: 50 cm
Artist
Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni (1695-1766)
Catalogue Number
WW61
Inscription
  • Scale, without numbering

Description

Although this elevation has the same tripartite division as the solution above, WW60, it has a more austere presentation with a Tuscan order and a variant of a Doric frieze. The lack of doorways on the sides indicates that this was not intended to give access beyond; it is possible that it is a proposal for a library, later built by Adam (fig. 1).

Drawn by Adam office hand. Design for the walls for the library, 18 Hanover Square 1766, SM Adam volume 50/72

Figure 1.
Robert Adam, Drawn by Adam office hand. Design for the walls for the library, 18 Hanover Square 1766, SM Adam volume 50/72, Sir John Soane's Museum, London.


Digital image courtesy of Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photography by Ardon Bar Hama. (All rights reserved)

by Clare Hornsby

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