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Alternative unexecuted designs for further alterations and additions, 1797, 1799 (4)


While drawing 18 was made by Soane, drawing 19 (neatly made on good quality paper with a border and landscape embellishment) is perhaps a presentation drawing intended for the client made by Henry Seward, a pupil just about to complete his articles. For a copy of drawing 19 without the trees and kitchen table see drawing 21. Drawing 19 is probably an unfinished copy of a 'plan of the principal floor on one sheet of Elephant paper' sent to Austin Friars for Mr Godfrey Thornton (Soane office Journal). Thornton lived at 28 Austin Friars in the City of London.
The first two designs, made two years apart, keep the three rooms, hall and stair as re-modelled by Soane in 1791-2 and with the lesser changes shown on drawing 15 and here propose a new eating room. The drawing of 1797 (18) has an alternative plan for the eating room with an apsidal end and Mr Thornton's room has also an apsidal end. Both are omitted in the 1799 drawing (19). While the drawings differ on the north side in their proposals for Mr Thornton's room, both give it direct access to the garden. Other proposals are for a rebuilding of the offices (save for the existing laundry and servants hall) around an internal court with covered ways.
Drawing 20 has the same arrangment of the offices seen in drawings 18 and 19, different is the proposal to enlarge the eating room by simply taking in the anteroom to make a rectangular room and to re-organise the stairs so that the best stair is now a flying stair. Drawing 21 is one of several drawings for Moggerhanger copied to a reduced scale by a pupil as part of his education in 1807 or later.
On his death Godfrey Thornton (1737-1805) left Moggerhanger to his son Stephen Thornton. Thus drawings dated from 1806 were commissioned by Stephen Thornton (see on).



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