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Reference number

SM 40/2/27


[32] Design for the chamber floor with alterations by Soane, 22 August 1801


Plan of the Chamber floor and section through court


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Messrs Praeds & Co / Fleet Street, labelled: Best Chamber, Chimney / in center of Room, Closet, 6 Inch trussed partition / Quarters spiked to the / sides, (pencil) A, (pencil) B, (pencil) C, Closet (twice), Passage / or / Lobby, over center / below, arch, Chamber / or / Dressing Room, over center below, Window, over center / below, Dresser, nothing over, Powdering Closet / to both / Chambers, (pencil) D, Court, A, Door to flat ------ / solid upper part glazed & to open outwds, Sink, B, nothing over, Closet, Arch, over center / below, Staircase, Qy Bulls Eye, equal (twice), center of staircase, Chamber, Center of Room, Stone Corbels, Qy leave window, over center below, over center / below, Dressing Room, Cistern over this / Room, The Cistern on the Attic floor / there to be as large as / this dressing room (except / a small part in front / for a sink) & to be / 5 feet deep, Sink, Roof, Coping, NB All the water from / the front gutter / to be brot into the Court / on flat A, B The water must be laid on / to serve this Sink &c from / the Cistern over the / Dressing Room at C, D leave a hole for the pipe / from this Cistern to the / Sink B Aug 28 1801, The water from the flat / over Staircase to be / carried into the Pipe / from the Sink B, The water from the Gutter in / the back front to be carried / into the soil pipe of the / Water Closets, The water from the flat / A & sink B must / be carried under the / landg of the staircase / into the soil pipe of / Water Closet, Mr North and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 22 August 1801
    Copy Lincolns Inn Fields Augt 22nd 1801, (in Soane's hand) L.I.F. / Aug 18 1801 and Aug 28 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen, sepia, light red and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (684 x 561)


Thomas Sword
Pupil January 1799 - 1804.
Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837)


WL 1794


This drawing is identified as a copy and dated 22 August 1801. However, alterations in Soane's hand are separately dated 18 and 28 August. The drawing may be an original design from which a later copy was made.

The chamber floor has two or three bed rooms. An unusual feature is the 'Court' at the centre of the floor, which is also shown in a rough section. Soane's notes relate to plumbing and drainage issues. The yellow wash indicates wooden-framed partitions (see drawings [34]-[35]).



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