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Presentation drawing showing a survey of the ground floor, 5 July 1790

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The ground floor plan is a fine copy of drawing 4, with some of Soane's proposed alterations included from drawing 4. The plan has a secondary staircase and water closet added to both the east and west courtyards. Dotted lines indicate the parameter of the intended drawing room (later the Yellow Drawing Room), which is to replace several small rooms and a secondary staircase at the centre of the building on both ground and first floors.

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