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Survey drawing with a design for the drawing room, 3 April 1791

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The drawing room rises through two storeys, replacing rooms on both the ground and first floor. A secondary staircase and water closets are to be built in the west courtyard, as shown in pencil. The first floor is altered to accomodate the new building works, with a key in Soane's hand that labels the removal and rearrangment of flues, chimney-pieces and doorways. A corner chimney-piece in an existing dressing room is removed and replaced by a passage. Water closets are to be inserted in the triangular spaces behind the rounded corners of the drawing room (marked 'W' on the plan).

The drawing room is taller than in drawing 6, with the lantern raised on a cove over semiciruclar arches springing from the Corinthian columns.

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