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Survey drawings, 20 October 1800 and 24 January 1801 (4)


Drawings 54 to 57 are all dated 20 October 1800 but show the house as it was before (partial) demolition began on the 6 October. It would be sensible to assume, therefore, that they are copies of earlier survey drawings.


J. Lever, Catalogue of the drawings of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825) and of George Dance the Elder (1695-1768) from the collection of Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2003, catalogue 68, pp.214-6



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Contents of Survey drawings, 20 October 1800 and 24 January 1801 (4)