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SM 7/2/64


[37] Design for the offices, Plan and three Elevations, 24 February 1794


Plan and three elevations for detached offices wing on two sides of a court


bar scale of 1/9 inch to 1 foot


René Payne Esqre, A B Trim between the floor that the Staircase may / be placed hereafter on either side / It is proposed to let out the Steam between / the flues of the Chimney shaft see end elevation C & profile D / you will trim for that purpose as was done at Mr Thornton's Stables to admit light / Rough Arches to all the Apertures / The dotted line F shews the Section of the dormers in roof, rooms labelled: Brewhouse, Laundry, Washouse, Dairy, (note by Soane) Old windowframes to be used in such openings / in the West front as are needful, without / any regard to the regularity and dimensions given (verso) Rene Payne Esqr

Signed and dated

  • 24 February 1794
    February 24 1794

Medium and dimensions

pen, sepia and light red washes, shaded with double ruled and raw umber wash border on thin wove paper with three fold marks (306 x 522)



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