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Design drawing showing a development of drawing 13 (1)

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Drawing 17 shows a variant of design 'No. 1' (drawing 13) that was approved by William Pitt in September 1798. As in drawing 13, the domestic offices are situated at the north-west corner of the building. Columns frame the west entrance; in the rough pencil elevation these columns are shown to support three round-headed arches.

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