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(Late 18th or early 19th century).
The drawing is in pen and colour wash, measuring 270 x 340mm. It carries its ink caption at the bottom right hand corner. From Sir Albert Richardson’s collection, with his collector’s mark on the verso.
This drawing of a small, architect-designed villa of c. 1800 is identified by a caption as “Wood House”. Its owner, Westgarth Snaith, was evidently the London banker of that name, a partner in the firm of Sikes, Snaith & Co., Mansion House Street, who died in February 1816, but the whereabouts of his house has yet to be identified (if indeed it was built). The verso of the drawing carries a pencil note that Prof. Damie Stillman suggested in 1971 that it might be by the architect Michael Searles (1750-1813) ; Searles’s architectural practice lay in South London and Kent, and if the drawing is his one should perhaps look for “Wood House” in that direction.