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Presentation drawings and a variant design for the ground and first floors, October 1798 (4)


Drawings 18 and 19 were presented to Mr Pitt on 10 October 1798 and approved. Drawings 20 and 21 are a developed design for both floors that include the amendments made in pencil to drawings 18 and 19. Although designs were approved, building works never commenced.

Drawing 18 has a ground floor design that is a variation of design 'No. 1' of 1797 (drawing 13) and drawing 17, with the domestic offices in the north-west corner and connected by a covered arcade on the courtyard. The lobby leading to the eating room has been refined to have a pendentive ceiling and the west entrance front has a projecting portico. Pencil alterations show the kitchen relocated to the north-east corner of the building. At the bottom of the sheet, part of the plan is a dotted line and (as in drawing 17) may indicate the former office wing (see survey drawing 11). Drawing 20 is a ground floor plan incorporating the alterations made in pencil to drawing 18. The kitchen is moved to the north-east corner and connected to the Housekeeper's and Steward's rooms via a covered passage on the north range. Notes in pencil on the drawing concern the dimensions of the rooms.

Drawing 19 shows the first floor of the house. Six bedrooms are included in the proposed extension in addition to the eight bedrooms in the existing building. The ground floor eating room has two dressing rooms and two bedrooms overhead. The offices have servants’ bedrooms on the first floor, at the north-west corner of the house and accessed via a staircase near the kitchen. Lines in pencil on the drawing indicate the communications between the rooms and staircases and were probably drawn when Soane presented the design to Mr Pitt. Drawing 21 is a first floor plan corresponding to the ground floor plan in drawing 20 and is a variant of drawing 19. It shows five additional bedrooms: one less servants’ bedroom than drawing 21.



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