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Working drawings for finishings to the eating room, 21 October 1790 (3)


The door to the eating room is framed beside a blank door to maintain the symmetry of the room. The design of the first wing, with its central circular tribune, proved difficult to integrate with a new wing, and the eating room was thus not built in alignment with the existing axes of the house as Soane undoubtedly would have preferred. The two doors are framed by shallow pilasters and a simple entablature bearing a laurel wreath motif. The door on the left-hand side of the drawing leads into the tribune and directly through to the main house. The hinge of the door, as in drawing 99, is to 'correspond exactly' with the bead moulding in the architrave; this detail is prevalent in Soane's designs.

Soane sent five working drawings to the carpenter/joiner for Bentley Priory, R. Holland, on 22 October 1790, including one drawing showing the design of the eating room doors. On 1 December he sent 'Mr Butcher', the bricklayer at Bentley Priory, four working drawings of the cornices in the eating room, drawing room and music hall.



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