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Design for the house with offices attached, 20 September 1793 (1)

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Drawing 29 has the same plan as drawing 28 but with small variations, such as: a repositioned chimney-piece in the Billiard Room, niches and a set of arches omitted in the main corridor, a door from the Billiard Room to the drawing room, and lion statues on the six plinths attached to the front elevation. The plan also includes a block of offices on the right-hand side and communicating with the house. A dressing room has been converted to a steward's office, and a lobby and closet are removed to allow for a door to the office block. An elevation in Soane's hand in brown pen at the lower right-hand side of the drawing shows the proposed building, rising one storey and faced with recessed round-headed arches. The building contains a steward's room, two rooms for Mr Praed, and a bedroom, but the plan and elevation show how it is attached to an even larger office court. A plan of this office court is drawn roughly in Soane's brown pen in the left-hand margins of the sheet, proposing two ranges of buildings on an elliptical plan and joined by an arched entrance at one end.

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