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Presentation drawings of designs No I, II and III February 1789 (8)


As in drawings 4 to 6, drawings 7 to 10 are presentation drawings of three variant designs shown to Hon. J.J. Hamilton on 18 February 1789. Drawings 7 to 10 show design No I. Drawings 11 to 14 show design Nos II and III.

In comparison to design No I, design No II (drawings 11 to 13) has the proposed wing pushed back so that it is even with the entrance front of the existing house. As in design No I, an enfilade is retained from the circular room to the entrance hall; this design, however, offers a communication from the picture room to the breakfast room rather than through the library. In response, the library projects on the south front and its chimney-piece is on the east wall.

In comparison to design No I, the first floor in design No II has the same number of dressing rooms and bedrooms and the same corridor inserted in the existing house. The rooms in the attic are made one foot longer and one foot narrower to fit into the wing's altered dimensions.

Design No III for the ground floor is on drawing 14. The drawing takes elements from designs I and II, having a breakfast room that projects in two bays on the south front (as in No I) but with the round picture room moved forward so as to be entered through the breakfast room (as in No II). The library chimney-piece is on the south wall of the room. This arrangement provides an enfilade that stretches the entire length of the building.



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