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  • image SM 40/2/21

Reference number

SM 40/2/21


[30] Design for the one pair floor with alterations by Soane, 22 August 1801


Plan of the One Pair Floor


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Messrs Praeds & Co, labelled (in Soane's hand and an office hand): Qy Balcony, a (twice), over center / a below, c, d, The Drawing Room, Eating Room, ?Jaumbs to be supported / on Stone Corbels in thickness / of the Floor, Make AB equal to CD, Closet, Flue / from shop, leave a flue for the / fire in a pedestal / to be placed in this / niche to be supported / by corbels in the / thickness of the floor, Arch (twice), B, equal (twice), over center / below, Side table, arch / to (sic) bricked up, a, Staircase, Drawing Room, Eating Room, over center / below (4 times), Water Closet / & / Lobby, Arch, Flue, (pencil) Qy Pipe from Sink B Chamber Floor and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • August 1801
    (in Soane's hand) L.I.F. / Aug 18 1801 and Copy Lincolns Inn Fields Augt 22nd 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, light red and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (674 x 550)


Thomas Sword or Henry Hake Seward, and Soane


WL 1794


This drawing is identified as a copy and dated 22 August 1801. However, alterations in Soane's hand are separately dated 18 August. The drawing may be an original design from which a later copy was made.

The one pair floor has an eating room at the front of the house and a drawing room at the back. The eating room has a gently curved wall to give the room a regular (that is, symmetrical) plan. One of Soane's alterations gives the staircase landing a curved wall, and four columns have been added to the drawing room.



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