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image SM 6/4/8

Reference number

SM 6/4/8


[51] Working drawing for Mrs Cartwright's dressing room


Plan and wall elevations


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Section of Mrs Cartwrights / Dressing room. new Adition, W.R.Cartwright Esqre Aynho. and two dimensions given (23':2 by 23':6)

Signed and dated

  • 00/00/1800

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red and sepia washes on stout wove paper (520 x 623)


Soane office


This plan corresponds with drawing [50] and with the first floor plan, drawing [33]. The dressing room has a 'recess' facing north which was to have 'Stained Glass' (drawing [33]) two windows look westwards and two to the south lighting another 'recess' and a 'Powdering Closet' (even though hair and wig powdering was becoming less fashionable by 1800). The bedroom (see drawing [50]) is labelled ' Mr and Mrs Cartwright' on drawing [33] and judging by other of Soane's plans for country houses, a shared marital bedroom was unusual.



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