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image SM 6/4/2

Reference number

SM 6/4/2


[55] Alternative new design for additions


Plan of ground floor and surrounding area


W.R.Cartwright Esqre, No 2, Plan of the Alterations of / The Ground Floor of Aynho, The dark teints are the old Building / The light teints are the New, labelled: Withdrawing Room / 33 by 22, Library / 26 ft Clear of Shelves, North Drawing Room / 33 by 22, Vestibule, Figures for lamps, and (old house) Eating Room, Great Stair, Servants / Stair, Billiard Room, Corridor, Closet, Gentlemans / Dressing Room, Saloon, Mr Cartwrights Room and (arrows labelled) Confined Views, Good View, GV (4 times), Bad View, Supposed Roadway, Screen Wall, Offices, Plantation and with a north point

Signed and dated

  • 30/12/1800
    Copy Lincolns Inn Fields Decr 30 1800

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia washes on wove paper (543 x 723)


There is no entry for Aynho in the Soane office Day Book for 30 December 1800. The hand is not that of Thomas Sword who drew drawing [54].


Labelled 'No 2' it is assumed that this design (copied on 30 December 1800) was made after drawing [54] (copied on1 Janaury 1801). Both drawings have the entrance on the west side and, oddly, it leads into the library which is flanked by a drawing room on either side. The new offices are simialrly partly detached from the house.



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