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Reference number

SM 3/4/14

Purpose

[81] Final or near-final design, Plan of the Attics, 1810

Aspect

Plan of the Attics - Mogerhanger House

Scale

bar scales of ¼ inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above and Stephen Thornton Esqre

Signed and dated

1810

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, also with blue wash, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper (535 x 650)

Hand

Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office hand, inscribing hand of George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant, 1806-37, curator 1837-60)
Bailey, George (1792--1860)
Soane office hand, inscribing hand of George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant, 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Notes

Drawing 81 for the attics shows that four bedrooms to the south have each a dormer window and a chimney-piece. Presumably these are for family or visitors. There is also a room in the centre with a chimney-piece and two windows looking northwards. The east and west wings have each a window to north and south. The blue-washed areas indicate an outdoor space with a small skylight to the east and an elongated oval skylight to the west sited above another on the first floor that lights the semicircular lobby to the best dressing room or boudoir and then the ground floor. Soane termed this top-lighting device through three floors a 'tribune'. The only other 'Plan of the upper stories' is a survey plan made in 1808 (drawing 40).

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Drawing

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