By 1800 Soane had built himself a successful career, inherited a fortune, gained a young family and built his own town house at No. 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields. The next thing he wanted was a house in the country – to confirm his position in society and to provide space for his ever expanding collection of art and artefacts. He first bought a plot of land at Acton, early in 1800.
Plan, elevation and detail for the gated entrance
Soane Office, with extensive revisions in Soane’s hand
17 Nov. 1801 (with later revisions)
Pencil, pen and coloured washes on paper
32/1/13 (Pitzhanger drawing 178)
Hatching and grey wash indicate the building materials used – red brick with flint pilasters. The structure itself displays two forms of ornament peculiar to Soane: the 'canopy dome caps' on top of each pier and the 'scrolled acroterion' enclosing a wreathed eagle on top of the arch. The wreathed eagle design was taken from a Piranesi engraving of the church of SS. Apostoli in Rome in Soane's collection. The gated entrance was restored during the 1980s.