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image SM 39/1/48

Reference number

SM 39/1/48

Purpose

[7] Plans of alterations to ground and first floors

Aspect

Plans / with / Proposed Alterations, The Ground Floor and The one Pair Floor

Scale

bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, The Countess of Pembroke, labelled: Dining Room, Hall, Anti Room, Water / Closet, Library, Area, Garden, Stable, Coachouse and Drawing Room, Anti Room, Dressing Room, Water Closet, Bed Chamber

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, light red and blue washes with quadruple ruled and black wash border, partly pricked for transfer on laid paper with one fold mark (703 x 510)

Hand

George Mansfield, surveyor 1 May 1797 - December 1800

Watermark

I Taylor, fleur de lis within crowned cartouche and below, GR 1794

Notes

The proposal here is to extend the back part of the house by about 17 feet. This would alllow for an extra bedroom on the first floor measuring 28:6 by 16:0 feet. On the ground floor the extant library was to be moved forwards into the garden which would permit (in the middle of the house) the addition of a water closet and the enlargement of the ante room between the entrance hall and library. From the specification (see drawing [8]) it seems this idea was not carried out. The Survey of London, volume XL, p.162 describes the proposed new library 'as completely recast .... The eastern wall was curved, and although the old fittings were removed they were echoed in the repeated round-headed mostifs of Soane's finely judged wall designs, where they were delicately juxtaposed to segmental and rectangular forms, and created an effect reminiscent of a Roman catacomb.'

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Drawing

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