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image Image 1 for SM volume 66/73, volume 66/74
image Image 2 for SM volume 66/73, volume 66/74
  • image Image 1 for SM volume 66/73, volume 66/74
  • image Image 2 for SM volume 66/73, volume 66/74

Reference number

SM volume 66/73, volume 66/74

Purpose

Record copies of alternative designs (2)

Aspect

18 Copy of ground floor plan and three elevations of a two-storey house, three by five bays with a service wing on the right hand side shown on the plan only, with tall, square-headed ground floor windows set in blind arches on three fronts 19 Copy of ground floor plan and three elevations of a two-storey house with attic and basement, three-bay back and front elevations, with a Diocletian window above the back bow and Wyatt windows to ground floor back and front

Scale

(18-19) bar scale of 1/12 in to 1 ft

Inscribed

(18) rooms labelled (small capitals) : Eating Parlor, Library, Drawing Room, Best Staircase, Vestibule / 17.0 square, Housekeeper, Closet, Butler, Kitchen, Scullery and (right hand offices) Area (3 times), Servants Hall, Cleaning Boots, Passage to Court, Pantry, Washouse / and / Laundry and dimensions given (19) rooms labelled (small capitals): Eating Parlor, Music Room / and / Library, Drawing Room, Best Staircase, Vestibule / 18.0 by 16.0, Gentleman's Dressing Room, Powdering Closet, Dressing Room, State Bedchamber and dimensions given

Signed and dated

(19) (feint pencil, right hand bottom corner) DL and part of indecipherable date. See note on David Laing below (under Hand)

Medium and dimensions

(18-19) Pen, sepia blue washes, shaded, some watercolour technique, some pricking for transfer on laid paper bound into volume 66 (702 x 497)

Hand

(18-19) David Laing (pupil 1790-6 - for another drawing by the same hand see drawing 16). See also H.Colvin, Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840, 3rd ed., 1995 for Laing's unfortunate history.

Watermark

(18) I Taylor, fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with GR below (17) Edmeades & Pine, and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with GR below

Notes

The drawings are not inscribed with place or client but the Concise Catalogue has them as for Letton Hall and this seems right. The designs each have a semicircular, four-column portico and a bowed drawing room on the opposite side and the elevations are decorated with tablets carved with festoons and with urns that also have festoons. Elevationally uninspired, the main exercise must have been to explore the placing of the offices and the advantages of a two-storey with service wing versus a two-storey with attic and basement.

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Drawing

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