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Working drawings with Soane's revisions, January-June 1809 (4)


Drawing 61 is a re-drawing of 60 with some of Soane's amendments such as a (pendentive) dome to the hall (first introduced in drawings 42-46) closets and a curtail step to the principal stair. Drawing 60 had some top lighting - two bell lights and a stretched oval skylight - but these do not appear in drawing 61. However, the skylight or 'tribune' (initially about 8 feet x 3 feet) and placed over the lobby to the best dressing room is seen, for example, on drawings 62-63 and 80-81. Both drawings 60 and 61 show the old part of the house (dark sepia wash) and the news parts (pink) including not only rooms but also details such as the new blind windows to the old east and north walls.
Drawings 62 and 63 show that the blank compartment at first floor level is now on the north (entrance) side of the house instead of to the south. It was to provide a five-bay terrace and light the stairs. For a comparison of variant plan forms for designs 1, 2 and 3 and the designs catalogued here see the general scheme notes for Moggerhanger. A decision has been made to have the nursery apartments on the first floor (these were roughed-in on drawing 50). Soane has given thought to a window on the east wall of the smaller nursery room (added to drawing 63) and a single window instead of a pair in the larger room. The change noted and dated 8 June 1809. For a later plan for the chamber floor see drawing 79 dated 1810.
Drawing 63 is clearly marked 84 feet 2½ inches wide (east-west) and 60 feet 5¼ inches (north-south).



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