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image Image 1 for SM volume 42/144 recto and verso
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SM volume 42/144 recto and verso


Sketch design


First floor plan, and section and (in a child's hand) scribbled elevation; (verso, pencil) rough variant plans


labelled (plan) Maids / Room, ---- ---- (illegible), Wind[ow], W.[indow] and some dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen and brush, pencil on laid paper with three fold marks (311 x 200)






Drawings 42/143-4 are for a small country house. The main part is two storeys high and 43 feet 3 inches wide and there are three reception rooms and five bedrooms. On the first drawing (top of 42/143), offices are shown on either side and are each 15 feet 6 inches wide internally. The alternative plan below shows a basement floor with offices as well as the office wings of the previous plan. The first floor plan (42/144) has an office wing on the right hand side with an attic maids' room and on the left hand side there is the outline of an office wing but with a window pencilled-in on the main side wall. The section (42/144) shows two-storey office wings partly sunk (by 3 feet 6 inches) and with a floor to ceiling height of nine feet and a vertical wall to the attic storey above of five feet. Both drawings have a child's scribbled drawings on them. Clearly, Soane's design was, as far as the offices were concerned, at a very early and unresolved stage.



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