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Presentation drawings for design No IV, executed design, March 1789 (4)


Drawings 16 to 19 were presented to the client on 7 March 1789 (Journal No 1). Working drawings for the foundations were made by the end of the month.

The fourth design (drawings 16 to 19) is a variant of the three previous designs (drawings 4 to 14). As in Design No III (drawing 14), the round picture room is aligned with doors to the principal staircase, entrance hall, anteroom and breakfast room, creating an enfilade that spans the length of the building. The proposed stairwell and breakfast room collectively project in three bays on the north front. The library chimney-piece is on the east wall of the room and facing the bookcase for folios.

As opposed to earlier designs (drawings 7 to 14), the proposed staircase accesses both the basement and first floor. The first floor has two bedrooms and two dressing rooms. The basement retains the same layout as in design No I (drawing 7), but pushed north so that the central passage aligns with the centre of the existing building. Mr Hamilton's dressing room is adjacent to the bath room, which also has the same design as in drawing 7.

The attic has six bedrooms and is accessed via the secondary staircase in the existing house. An inscription in pencil notes that the ceiling is 8 feet high; the lines of the hipped roof are added in pencil.

Pencil marks on the drawings indicate communications between the rooms; these were probably added when Soane presented the drawings to his client.



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