(Section of design for a mansion, showing staircase hall, principal room and basement).
(Second quarter of 18th century).
Drawing in ink and wash, 293 x 385mm, with scale.
A drawing attributed to the architect John Sanderson (active c.1730-1770), who was responsible for a number of handsome country houses in the conventional Palladian style of the period. The house depicted here has been identified by John Harris as Stratton Park, Hampshire, designed by Sanderson for the 3rd Duke of Bedford in 1731, but later remodelled by George Dance and now demolished. Sanderson’s reputation as an architect and architectural draughtsman was long obscured by the showier work of some of his contemporaries, but his work on the interiors of such houses as Kirtlington Park and Kimberley Hall is of real distinction, and more remains to be discovered about his work for the Duke of Bedford and other early patrons on the 1730s and 1740s. Surviving drawings by Sanderson are rare.