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Reference number

SM (13) 28/7/8, (14) 28/7/7, (15) 28/7/10, (16) volume 66/75

Purpose

Alternative 'Third Design' including copies (4)

Aspect

13 Basement Story / of a / Third Design for Letton Hall 14 Principal Floor of Letton Hall / Design No 3 15 Plan of the Garrets and Plan of the Bedchambers &c 16 Later record copies of Plan of the Basement Floor and Plan of the Principal Floor

Scale

(13-16) 1/9 in to 1 ft (approximately), (14) 1/10 in to 1 ft

Inscribed

13 as above, labelled (left hand side) Scullery,Pantry, Wet Larder, Passage, Passage to Kitchen, Washouse, Open Area (3 times), Area,Drying Yard / and / Court for Buildings for Wood, Coals &c, Kitchen, Confectiony,Servants Hall, Beer Cellar, Sub-Hall, The Wine Cellar, Wine Cellar, Laundry, Servantsdressg room / & for cleaning / Knives &c, Stewards room and Key: A. Dresser with drawers, Shelves &c / B. Stoves / C. Double boiler / D. Oven / E. Copper in Scullery / F. Copper in Washouse / The Subhall will receive sufficient light from / the back Staircase, & from windows over / the doors marked G.G.G.G. / The Flues from the Coppers in the Scullery & Washouse / to be carried over H.H. and dimensions given, 14 as above, labelled Vestibule, Great Staircase, The Drawing Room, Library &c, Eating Parlor, (left hand side) Dressing Room, Powdering Closet, Butlers Pantry, Housekeepers room, Store Closet, Closet and dimensions given 15 as above, Designs for Letton Hall and dimensions given with seven bedrooms, four Dressing Room[s] and a Closet on the bedroom floor and eight bedrooms on the garret floor and dimensions given (verso, Baldwin) Mr Dillingham / Plan of Bedchambers / & Garrets 16 as above

Signed and dated

(13-16) datable to 1783? or 1784?

Medium and dimensions

(13) Pen and sepia washes, light pink wash (14-15) within single ruled border on laid paper, pricked for transfer, drawing 15 with three fold marks (456 x 584, 456 x 583, 583 x 456), (16) pen and sepia washes, light pink wash on laid paper bound into volume 66 (702 x 497)

Hand

(13-15) Robert Baldwin (fl.1762-c.1804) (16) David Laing (pupil 1790-96) - for the same hand see drawings 18-19

Watermark

(13-15) J Whatman, fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate W (16) I Taylor, fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with GR below

Notes

The design includes a single storey (at basement level) service area with scullery, wash house and other offices. The main house includes some accommodation (housekeeeper, butler) on the ground or principal floor and there is an ample provision of bedrooms. Overall, the house is 60:7½ deep and 70 feet wide. The porch is on a segmental plan with two columns, the drawing room on the garden front has a three-window bow.
Drawing 15, with drawings 8 and 20, are the only surviving drawings for Letton Hall to show the bedroom and attic floors. Nos 8 and 15 do not correspond with the published 'Plan of the Attic Story' and 'Plan of the Chamber Story' (plate 9, Plans, elevations and sections of buildings executed in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk .... 1788 (i.e.1789) but drawing 20 is close though with embellishments.
Drawing 16 was copied from drawings 13 and 14.

Level

Drawing

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