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Presentation drawings of final design, for publication, showing an alternative staircase, 13-14 August 1799 (2)

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Drawing 36 was copied as Plate 39 in Soane's 'Designs for Public and Private Buildings' (1832) for an illustration of Holwood.

Drawings 36 and 37 show a double-return staircase positioned on an east-west axis. Similar to Gandy's perspective drawings of the interior (drawings 39 to 44), the staircase is overlooked on all four sides by a corridor, with quarter-staircases ascending to a door to the south dressing room. The layout of the bedrooms is the same as in drawings 32 and 34, with variation in the chimney-pieces and closets.

Drawing 36 shows the ceiling designs in some of the plan. The entrance hall has pairs of columns on each wall supporting an entablature on an oval plan (see perspective in drawing 38). The principal corridor from the entrance vestibule is divided into three bays, each covered in a groin vault and separated by ornamented soffits.

As in earlier designs, (drawings 31 and 33), the washouse and servants' hall are only shown in part-plan on the left-hand side of drawing 36.

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