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Reference number

SM 40/4/24


[11] Design for the basement floor of the new building


Plan of the Basement Story


to a scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


as above, W. Adair Jackson Esqre, labelled: Staircase (3 times), Kitchen, Area (twice), Warehouse (5 times), Court (3 times), (pencil) Door, (pencil) Qy Flue, (pencil) Coals, (pencil) 1.1½ (5 times), (pencil) 1.6

Signed and dated

  • July 1804
    L. I. Fields / July 1804

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink, yellow ochre and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (710 x 771)


Soane Office


Joseph Ruse Tovill Mill Maidstone / 1803


Drawings [11]-[13] form a set.

This design for the basement floor shows that it contains warehouses and a kitchen. The semicircular warehouse at the rear of the building provides access to the two small courts behind, one of which contains an external water closet. The function of the two rooms to the right of the warehouses on the drawing is unspecified. The long narrow room to the right is a coal cellar.



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