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image SM volume 42/41

Reference number

SM volume 42/41


[23] Preliminary survey of Mrs Peters' room


Rough plans by Soane


Mrs Peters Room, Ch[imney], Passage, ------- [illegible] for doors, room into / Passage, Bath

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen on laid paper with four fold marks (201 x 324)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837)


Britannia with spear and shield within a crowned oval frame


The drawing is a freehand survey of a small room with part of it to a larger scale (right-hand side). The dimensions (3:7, 1:8, 6:4, 4¾) ad up to a small space and the label 'Bath' gives its function. The survey plan of the first floor (see drawing [3]) shows Mrs Peters' bed chamber and dressing room (opposite the children's nurseries) with a narrow side room that would be well placed for a bathroom though it does not fit the shape of the room catalogued here.



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