bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot
as above, The Dowager / Countess of Portsmouth, labelled: Bed room (4 times), Closet, (pencil) ---- (illegible) Landg, Lady Portsmouth has settled to have the / back Staircase in the situation / Mr Soane has placed it // No Closet to be made in the small bed / Room in the front of the House / but a door cut through as shewn on / the plan // No partition to be put on the Landg / of the Staircase for the convenience of / Closets // That part of the Back Staircase of the / largest dimensions & as much as is / sound to be made use of / May 28th [29th] 1802 // (pencil) The Beer Cellar & the parts above / it affected with the Dry Rot and other illegible pencil inscriptions
Signed and dated
Lincolns Inn Fields May 28th [29th] 1802
Medium and dimensions
Pen, pencil, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (687 x 566)
Pupil January 1799 - 1804.
The Soane Office Day Books record Thomas Sword 'making out fair plan of the chamber floor &c &c' on Saturday 29 May 1802. The alterations shown in the drawing include a new closet for the small bed room at the front of the house, partitions and closets dividing the two larger bed rooms, a new staircase to the rear of the house and the enlargement of the window of the rear bed room. A note explains that Lady Portsmouth approved of the position of the staircase and that the existing materials were to be reused provided they were in a sound condition, but that no closet was to be added to the small bed room at the front of the house and that no partition was to be built on the landing - hence the reason that these are crossed out in pencil on the plan.
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