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  • image SM 2/8/25 (previously SM 31/1/1)

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SM 2/8/25 (previously SM 31/1/1)


[4] Design for ground floor by Soane


Plans of ground floor and mezzanine floor


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


(pencil) Ground Floor, (pen) rooms labelled: Hall, Breakfast Room, Butler, Store Closet, Study, Drawg Room and (mezzanine) Nappery &c, Water / Clos, Lobby, Closet, dimensions given and some calculations and (pencil) mostly illegible except (?) Sir J Head at ½ past

Signed and dated

  • 17/12/1798
    Decr 17 1797

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, hatching, with quadruple ruled and grey and black wash border on wove paper (507 x703)


Sir John Soane RA (1753 - 1837)


The second largest room is not labelled, perhaps it was intendedd for a library. The ceiling of the lobby to the study has a circle with a '5:3' diameter sketched in that might suggest something domical. The mezzanine floor has an elegant water closet with apsidal ends; another (different) design for the mezzanine is shown on drawing [6].
'Nappery', that is, napery or household linen.



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