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Working drawing for drawing room addition, 3 August 1786 (1)


Drawing 1 is a working drawing for an addition on the south-west corner of Holwood House, to have a bedroom over a ground-floor drawing room. The addition has a canted bay containing three windows each measuring 5 feet wide. The middle window has an upper pane that, according to Soane’s note, is ‘to go through the floor of the chamber’ storey above. The room’s chimney-piece is on the west wall and measures 4 feet 6 inches wide. Some of the existing house is included on the left-hand side of the drawing. The survey drawing of 1797 (drawing 11) shows a door on the south front in place of the blind window on drawing 1.

Soane first visited Holwood in April 1786; by the end of April he had presented to Mr Pitt two fair drawings of the proposed additions (Journal 1, p.57). In late August he visited the house, presumably to check on building works underway.

Drawing 1 was made on Margaret Street, Soane's home and office address from June 1781 to 30 November 1786.



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