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  • image SM 30/2/76

Reference number

SM 30/2/76


[90] Design for finishings to the drawing room, 21 October 1790


Plan and laid-out wall elevations


to a scale


Finishings to Drawing Room, The Marquiss of Abercorn, wall, plan lettered A to C corresponding to key: AAA meeting rails one frame to throw up into the head / The windows are to be splayed all round observing / that the heads are as high as the brickwork and lintels / will permit // The height of the architraves to the windows determines / the height of the architraves to the doors / The pannells over the doors are to be left as described / in the section of the Eating Room / The dado is to be 2 feet 6 high; the plinths / to range with the plain parts under the sashes // B Shutters to be cut at this rail / B The beads on the margins of the shutters to range with / the bars of the sashes C and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 21 October 1790
    Octr 21st 1790

Medium and dimensions

pen and grey, pink and blue washes, pencil, on laid paper (658 x 575)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office



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