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  • image SM 46/3/19

Reference number

SM 46/3/19


[7] Working drawing, Plan of the One Pair Floor, 26 January 1794


Plan of the One Pair Floor and rough details of chimney-pieces


bar scale of 1¾ inches to 1 foot


4 All the doors on this / floor to be --------- (cancelled, illegible) / (pencil) 2 (pen) Inch ½ thick frad in 6 panls with single Margins / bead & flush next the Rooms / X CG (ceiling ?) flat next pasages (sic) / to be bead & flush on / both sides where the / doors open into two Rooms / 5 as at D, D, D / Wh: ¾ Jamb linings -- (illegible) & beaded as per sketch / 6 Architraves Inch thick frd / 7 front shutters bead & flush / in pannels & CG flat / Pls ¾ clampt back flaps / A ¾ deal beaded skirt / flush with papers / when finished / 2 Floors / 2 Whole yellow deal / dowelled heading Joists / ploughed & tongued / edges / 1 The front Walls to be / battered / 3 Dado / Inch deal dovet:d & / keyd in Room over Bow / only / Cornice to all the Rooms (?) except / over Bow & passages / --- (illegible) Ceilings ----------- (cancelled, illegible) The sides of the Rooms & pasages / to be floated plaisterd to a / Skirting finished / deal cased frad Oak double sunk & grooved / Cills, wainscot beads, pulley pieces & Hollow sashes 5/8 bar, double hung with patent lines, brass pulley / & Iron Weight // Staircase / --- (illegible) Wh: dl steps & 9 inch deal Risers / plain ----- (illegible) String board & ---- Capp / Inch ------- (illegible) bar balusters & / ----------- (illegible) handrail as per drawing; (top right-hand side) Walls / Floors / dado / plinth / Doors - 0- 3.3½ / 7.0 / Arch: / --- linings / Window / Sashes / shutter / Boxing Stiles / Architrave / Shutters 3/8 beaded cap: / & 3/8 bead at top / Backs, Elbows & Soffites; (centre) Shutters to slide, This door / must be 4:3 wide / & foldg

Signed and dated

  • 26 January 1794
    Jan: 26: 1794

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and light red wash on thin laid paper (485 x 453)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


The plan for the first or chamber floor was drawn by Soane and has his (partly illegible) instructions to the builder concerning walls, floors, doors and windows, that is, the finishings. The drawing would have been copied and the notes transcribed. The key room on this floor was the rectangular dressing room with a semicircular balcony facing eastwards and with an unusual ceiling (having four sloping sides and a flat top). The blue washes indicate the lead flats (or roofs) of the balcony and portico.



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