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  • image SM 77/3/46

Reference number

SM 77/3/46


[14] Working drawing for a glazed door


Plan of Doorway,elevation, section and details of Door from back draiwng to small Room,


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 inch and full size


as above, The Countess of Pembroke, Door, bead (11 times), A, A, A.A. full size, (feint pencil) Lady Pembroke / wished to know / whether a / Book case might / not be cut into / the Wall to / correspond. I made / enquiry of Mansfield / and he says it cannot / --- --- be therefore / only a Blanlk / The old Material Lady / Pembroke desires might / be saved on the (?) --- ----- / to use them at Richmond , (very feint pencil) (illegible) / --- the Plate ---- which will /be when the Rooms are fitted / up completely

Signed and dated

  • 26/04/1799
    Lincolns Inn Fields April 26 1799

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink wash, added pencil on wove paper (565 x 346)


attributed to George Mansfield, surveyor 1 May 1797 - December 1800


The reference to materials being saved for Richmond is to Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, London for which Soane carried out work in 1788 (q.v.). 'Made enquiry of Mansfield' refers to George Mansfield, surveyor in Soane's office, 1797-1800 who appears to have made all the drawings catalogued here.



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