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SM 33/2/14


[68] Design for additions by Lady Grenville re-drawn by Soane office




approximately 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Design for the proposed additions to Stowe House - from a Sketch by Lady (pencil) Grenville, The Marquis of Buckingham, Part of the State Bed Chamber, Lord B's Writing Room, Lord B's / Dressing Room, Chamber, Spare Room, Lady B's / Dressing Room, Lady' B's / Morning Room, Maid's Room, Lord B's / Servant's Room,

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer, on wove paper, two sheets joined (625 x 853)


Soane office hand




The Soane office re-drawing of Lady Grenville's plan on graph paper is concerned with rooms for Lord and Lady Buckingham - writing room, dressing rooms, morning room, so on. However, these plans were shelved and the concern became the provisiion of new offfices in a free-standing building. Though this was not carried out (P.Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.191.)



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