Drawing of plan in pen and black and red ink, blue wash, with ink and grey wash border. 690 x 470mm. The entire sheet has in the past been backed with thin adhesive paper, effectively repairing several marginal tears although there are several other repairs, and an area of foxing at one edge, not affecting plan. Early twentieth century pencil inscriptions, “Plan from Palladio” & “Plan from Palladio ?by C.J. Richardson when pupil of Sir John Soane”.
A plan of Count Iseppo da Porto’s palace in Vicenza copied from book two of Palladio’s Four books on architecture, with slight variation where the draughtsman has removed two projecting sections to make the house outwardly symmetrical, and has substituted the central court for a Roman-style pool. This drawing once belonged to Sir Albert Richardson, and a pencil inscription almost certainly in his hand reads “Plan from Palladio ?by C.J. Richardson when pupil of Sir John Soane”, and it seems likely that this was a training exercise done by C.J. Richardson while a junior draughtsman in Soane’s office.