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Reference number

SM 28/7/9

Purpose

Alternative design 'No 4'

Aspect

17 Design for Letton Hall: No4: plan of the ground floor

Scale

bar scale of 1/9 in to 1 ft

Inscribed

as above, labelled Portico, Vestibule, The / Great Staircase, Drawing Room, Eating Parlor, The Library and / Breakfast parlor (and left hand side) Gentleman's dressing / Room, Powdering Closet, Butlers Pantry, Housekeepers room and dimensions given. Notes (by Soane) Make the Housekeepers Room / a Bed Room & the / Butlers Pantry & / the Powdering Closet a / dressing Room from it

Signed and dated

datable to 1783 ? or 1784 ?

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pencil within double ruled border, pricked for transfer, on laid paper (461 x 586)

Hand

Robert Baldwin (fl.1762-c.1804)

Watermark

J Whatman, fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate W

Notes

The house is 71:6 wide and 55:7½ deep, 260 square feet less than the plan shown on drawing 12 (third alternative scheme) which is 70 feet wide and 60 feet 7½ inches deep. The plan is much the same with the same portico though the fourth alternative design has two fewer steps and there are some rough pencil amendments. Soane's notes for further amendments seem sensible, since the housekeeper's room, 19:6 Square, on the principal floor and with a view of the garden appears to be over-generous.

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