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  • image SM 30/2/5

Reference number

SM 30/2/5


[8] Presentation drawing of design No I, Principal Floor, February 1789


Plan of the Principal Floor


bar scale of 3/20 inch to 1 foot


(upper case) as above, with the proposed alterations and additions, Bentley Priory / Design No I, The Honble John James Hamilton, (Soane) 17 feet high and plan labelled (Soane): Vestibule, Ante chamber / 14.10 by 13.5½, Withdrawing Room / 17.8½ by 23.5½, Eating Room / 23 feet by 17.5, Corridor / & / Staircase to the Bath &c, Breakfast Room / 18'9" by 22.3, Room for Pictures Statues, &c &c / 30 feet diameter, Library &c / 30 feet by 24 feet, Bookcase for folios, bookcase (three times)

Signed and dated

  • February 1789
    Welbeck Street February MDCCLXXXIX

Medium and dimensions

pen and grey, black, pink and blue washes, within triple-ruled and wash border on laid paper (712 x 496)


Attributed to Sanders, John (1768--1826) - Library - Catalogs, draughtsman
attributed to John Sanders (1768 -, pupil 1784-90) and Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-94)
Attributed to Thomas Chawner (1774 - 1851), draughtsman
attributed to John Sanders (1768 -, pupil 1784-90) and Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-94)


J Whatman and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with W below


The existing house, shown in black wash, is five bays on a rectangular plan with two chimneys at either end. The entrance vestibule leads directly into the geometric staircase, ante-chamber, withdrawing room and eating room. The eating room has a segmental end and columns framing a recess on the north wall. The proposed east wing has a breakfast room, a library, and a circular single-storey top-lit 'room for pictures, statues, etc' that is round in plan and 30 feet in diameter. A staircase leads down to the basement. The rooms on the ground floor are aligned with the existing house so as to establish a vista from the entrance hall through the drawing room and library.



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