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SM volume 42/130




Three ground floor plans: A - square plan (50 by 50 feet) with porticoed, bowed entrance with hall, four reception rooms, principal and secondary stairs, and with a plan of WC and room marked 7 by 13; B - rectangular plan (64 by 40 feet), the location of the stairs unresolved; C - rectangular plan of the same size as B but with an alternative layout


bar scales of 15/32, 12/32 and 9/32 in to 10 ft approximately


some dimensions given and (pencil) Artificial flowers - w[it]h foliage at Mr (?) Luteral / Sea weed

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pencil with single ruled border on laid paper with three fold marks (295 x 176, top LH corner missing)




n/a pasted down


Neatly drawn to different small scales, Soane has made pencil alterations to the stairs in all three schemes. Overall, the villas are much the same size, thus A is 2500 square feet and B and C 2560 square feet. The exercise seems to be about resolving the location of the principal and secondary staircases.



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