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image Image 1 for SM volume 41/65 verso, 41/66 recto
image Image 2 for SM volume 41/65 verso, 41/66 recto
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Reference number

SM volume 41/65 verso, 41/66 recto

Purpose

Record copies of working drawings for attic floor, Mr Dillingham's dressing room, breakfast room, hall, library and chamber with some related extracts from specifications, copied after 18 March 1786 (2)

Aspect

58 (upper part of sheet) Attic Story - 9 feet high, details of Cornice to all the Attics / and Passages ½ Size and of Base to all the Rooms / & Passages in the Attics ½ Size and specification: Floated Lath & Plaister Cieling / The Walls & partitions floated for Paper / All the Passages floated Stucco // Floors / Whole deal (yellow) floors laid in streight (sic) joints / Mitred borders to Chimney Slabs / ¾ deal Skirting reb[ate]d & back (6 Inches deep) / - Molded Base // Doors / Inch ½, six pannel Doors 3 feet wide and / 6 feet 9 In: high, hung with butt hinges. / Inch deal plain Jaumb linings to the doors / in the Partitions & whole deal framd / Jaumbs in the other doorways to correspond / with the shutters - Inch deal framd Grounds // Windows / Sashes settled before - Wh: deal OG (ogee) flat / and bead flush Shutters / Wh: dl. rebd & splay'd Boxings. / Soffits to correspond with the Shutters / Inch dl. plain backs & Elbows Slit deal / beaded Capping / 4½ In: single Architraves to all the / Windows & Doors 58 (lower part of sheet) Mr Dillinghams Dressing Room - 12' 3" high, details of Entablature - 1/3 Size / Soffite of the Corona the same as in the / Cornice to the small Rooms at / Tendring Hall // Doors - 7'0" high & 3'4" broad / Architrave to Doors & Windows / the same as Mr Rowleys Dressg / Room. / Height of floor to top of Surbase / 2ft 6ins, details of Base & Surbase Moldgs / 1/3 Size and details of Front Shutter 1½ thick / Doors 2" thick / Moldings on doors / and Shutters of Mr D's Dressg room and Moldgs on Doors / & Shutters of / Chamber floor / drawn to ½ Size 59 Breakfast Room / details of Mouldings for Pannels of / Doors in Hall & Breakfasting / Room & also for the fronts / of the front Shutters / full size // Windows and Door Architraves / like those in Hall / Shutters for in this & the Chamber / Story to be prepared for / hanging in two heights / Base & Surbase like the Library / Cornice like Mr Windhams / Impost in Banquettg Room / Frame to Cieling like Adml Rowleys / Room /// Hall / Base like that in the Vestibule at Tendring Hall / Entablature like Mr Rix Center Room South Front and detail of Architrave to Doors / and Windows / ½ Size /// Library / Cornice like Mr Branthwayt's Eating Room (pencil amendment) Drawing Room / Base & Surbase like Admiral Rowleys Room / Architrave to Doors and Windows like do / Door and Shutter Pannels like Mr Branthwaytes Eating Room / Frame to Cieling like Admiral Rowleys Room /// Chamber / Cornice like Mr Goochs Library

Scale

(58-59) full size, half full size and one-third full size

Inscribed

(58-59) as above and B.G.Dillingham Esqr

Medium and dimensions

(58-59) Pen, light pink wash, red pen ruled horizontal lines on laid paper (364 x 241), pen, red pen ruled horizontal lines on laid paper (364 x 241). Both drawings bound into 'Precedents in Architecture' SM volume 41

Hand

(58-59) John McDonnell (1770- ?, pupil 18 March 1786-1791)

Watermark

(58-59) T French

Notes

There are several references to details that are 'the same as' or 'like' those for another client. Of those referred to here, William Windham of Earsham, Norfolk employed Soane to carry out some work there and especially a Music Room in the grounds, 1784-6. For Admiral Sir Joshua Rowley of Tendring Hall, Suffolk, Soane replaced the earlier house, 1784-6. Mr Branthwayte's Taverham Hall, Norfolk had an eating room and drawing room added, 1784-5. Mr Nathaniel Rix of Blundeston House, Suffolk had a new house built for him, 1786. (q.q.q.q.v.) Like many architects, then and now, Soane re-used some of his details where appropriate. The bound volumes of such drawings (as with volume 41 - entitled 'Precedents in Architecture 1784 -' in which these details appear) would have been very useful both as an exercise in familiarising pupils with his manner of design and also for copying or adapting for another job.

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