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SM 29/2/8


[11] Preliminary design, Plan C for Ground Floor, 15 May 1791


Plan C for ground floor


bar scale of 10/12 of 1 inch to a foot (sic)


as above, (office hand) The Marquiss of Abercorn, (Soane) omit this Chy (two will / be sufficient) & make / it a door / Omit these doors ; (bottom left) NB. This plan although it destroys / the present staircase into the Cellars / provides another by the steps at A & B, you then / enter under the Portico or in any other part between / the steps at B & C / Vestibule Low Qy (query) raise floor which the Room above will admit ; (centre) If the distance between the Stewards Room & Housekeepers rooms / is a material objection, then make the Butlers / Pantry the Stewards Room, & the Maids Room / and Water Closet may be turned into Butlers / Pantry & Working Room or the Water Closet may / remain // E. This is now a Closet in Eatg room / Qy if it should not be a door through / with another baize door next Passage ; (top right-hand side) Design / Take the offices as in / this plan & the / House as in plan B; (bottom right) D This Staircase / crosses the Passage / at D as high as / may be to preserve / the Slating & Roof / of the Colonade / & leaded (leadg ?) to the / mens ^bed room & / over the Servants / Hall / Dairy on Office Court / Larders ; rooms labelled: Portico, The / Vestibule / to be / warmed / from below / & the flue carried / up in one of the / Jambs of Butlers Pantry / Chy, Tribune, Anti-room, The Billiard room, Eating Room, The Great Gallery, a window is / now here to be / changed into a door, (offices) Washouse / & / Laundry & / staircase / to room / above, Tenants Parlor with Glazed door, Stewards / room, Tenants Hall, Agents / Office, Water / Closet, Maids room, Passage to Hall, Passage to Offices, Butlers / Pantry with Glas[s] / Plat[e] / Bed, HKeepers / room, Store room, Servants Hall, Kitchen, Scullery, Bakehouse and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 15 May 1791
    Barons Court / May 15 1791

Medium and dimensions

pen and sepia wash, brown pen and wash additions, hatching, pencil, with double-ruled pen and wash border, pricked for transfer (460 x 559)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office hand (Thomas Chawner, pupil 1788-94 ?), drawn February 1791, Soane 14-15 May 1791


J Whatman, fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate W



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