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[193] Preliminary design and working drawing for the Breakfast Room, 18 October 1801


Ceiling plan and two wall elevations (verso) detail elevation for part of a wall and doorway


labelled q[uer]y Recede 1½ / behind / W or q / y / if not better / to be all flush / above the pedestal / parts, B.C. the depth of / this part is determined / by the door D. the / space between C & the / door being made / the width of the bases / which form the architrave / to the door, A.A there / slabs in / pedestal / parts to / project / 3 Inches only / Ch[imne]y to project / 10½ from / face of / brickwork, Looking glass, Door, Glass, cha (three times), black to L, Ki [illegible] of hinge (twice) and some dimensions given (verso) labelled back of Bookcase Wall line, Door of Bookcase, Floor line, Marble top and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 18 October 1801
    Octr. 18: 1801

Medium and dimensions

Brown and red pen, partly pricked for transfer, on laid paper (586 x 355)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


B. De Divitiis, 'New Drawings for the interiors of the Breakfast Room and Library at Pitzhanger Manor', Architectural History Vol 48, 2005, p.164



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