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Reference number

SM 80/1/59 recto and verso


[9] Working drawings for eating room, c. 1794 (check insc.)


(recto) Details of Base & Surbase / Moldings full size, Door Architrave / full Size, Window Architrave / full Size and of frieze with Doric triglyphs alternating with mask of Bacchus, and thyrsus with poppy motifs (verso) Plan and laid-out wall elevations with some sketch details


(recto) full size (verso) no bar scale - 3/8 inch to 1 foot ?


(recto) as above, wall line (4 times), Door (twice), Elevation shewing the manner / of the Base & Surbase Moldings / finishing against the Door Architrave, This Molding is / not to be continued / round the horizontal parts / of the Windows and a few illegible pencil inscriptions (verso) (Soane) Wh: dl (white deal) Grounds to sides of windows & door / Wh. dl frad (framed) rebd (rebated) beaded & splayed boxing ---(illegible) / Inch dl ------ three bead & butt back linings three panl (panel) / Architrave as per drawing; Doors - two Inch / deal six panl doors frad (as per / drawings.) --- (illegible) flat & bead & flush / the pannels in two thicknesses / Jamb linings / Inch [and a] ½ deal Jamb linings rebd (rebated) / & beaded as per drawings; ¾ deal battening to walls // Floors // Inch ¼ screwed batten floors dowelled / & half laid heading Joints / ploughed & tongued (feather jointed) the tongues nailed / Inch dl dado dovetd (dovetailed) & pegd & tongued ground angles, --- Wh: dl narrow Grd / ploughed both edges / ¾ dl plinth / rebd & ------ (illegible) / Base & surbase as per drawing // Sashes &c / deal cased frames Mahogany pully pieces / beads & parling (?) Slips, with 2 inch / Astragal & hollow Sashes double hung / with brass axle tree pulleys pateach (?) / lines & Iron weights - the lower pane / fixed; the bottom part to be rebated & / tongued into the middle Sash / Shutters Whole deal three panl front Shutters / frad CG flat Head & butt - prepared for cutting, with ½ bead under soffite / Inch dl back Shutters in three pannels bead & Butt both sides / Inch deal soffites to correspond with front Shutters amd some labelling: bead of boxing stiles, Sash Cills, (pencil) lower/ panes / fixed, the bottom pane / to be fixed,

Signed and dated

  • c. 1794
    Datable to c. 1794 in accord with the other drawings in this group

Medium and dimensions

(recto and verso) Pen, pencil with sepia and yellow washes, shaded on wove paper with two fold marks (555 x 680)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Soane office hand with (verso) Soane's notes


As with drawing 7, Soane has added instructions to the builder as to the finishing of the walls, floors, windows, shutters and doors.
The eating room is rectangular on plan with three tall windows on one side, a chimney-piece flanked by panelled doors opposite, one blank wall and the other with a door to one side. The decorative details of the cornice - Bacchus mask, thyrsus and poppy - are the attributes of wine and sleep and often found in dining rooms.



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