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Reference number

SM (70) volume 57/19 (71) 28/7/1 (72) volume 41/81 recto (73-74) volume 43/13 and 43/14

Purpose

Miscellaneous designs: curtain lathe, drains, louvred door, lamp for staircase, 1787-9 (5)

Aspect

70 Record copy of Plan of the Curtain Lath / supposing it to be stretched / out quite straight, Front of the Curtain, Front of the Curtain / Lath, Profile of the Curtain, detail of Iron Plate to Pully / to confine the line, details of Pully K and of Pully L which are / merely to keep the / line from rubbing / against the lath & / must be placed at / a proper distance for / that purpose, detail of Cloak Pin - The Cloak Pins may / be fixed on the side / (provided the projection / will allow of it) or the / front of the Architrave / whichever is liked best 71 Plan of Drains &c to Letton Hall 72 Record copy of elevation for a glazed door, and detail for a Bar at full size 73 Record copy of plan and elevation of Pedestal for Lamp to Staircase at / Letton Hall 74 Record copy of full size details for pedestal

Scale

(70) to a scale; (71) bar scale of 1/16 in to 1 ft; (72) bar scale of 1/12 in to 1 ft (approximately) and full size; (73) bar scale of 1/9 in to 1 ft (74) full size

Inscribed

70 as above, The Lath is fastened / to the projection of / the Architrave, Curtain puckered & quite stiff, Architrave, line (13 times) and lettered A to L and B.G.Dillingham Esqr / Curtain Lath to the / Circular head Windows 71 as above, A. Stench Trap, House, Kitchen, Housekeeper, Cesspool, Brewhouse, Stables (three times), Grate and (pipes) diameter given, that is, 10 inch, 18 inch and 2 feet 6 inches 72 as above, up to the Glass 2' 6' and dimensions given 73 as above, The Cornice to / be screwed on to the / sides, to be taken / off at any time, To range with / the top of Plinth / of Staircase and some dimensions given 74 Bottom plate of Lamp to be screwed on to / the pedestal, Base and Impost / Moldings to Pedestal / full size, This Pedestal is to / be of Deal and / painted and Plinth 4½ '

Signed and dated

70 dateable to 27 August 1787 (Gurdon trancription of Letton papers, SM green box file) 71 Welbeck Street March 4th 1788 72 Decbr 17. 1788 73 Copy Octr 1789

Medium and dimensions

(70) Pen on laid paper bound into volume 57 (415 x 257) (71) pen, cream and blue washes, pricked for transfer, on laid paper (265 x 415) (72) pen on laid paper (361 x 239) bound into 'Precedents in Architecture' SM volume 41; (73-74) pen, pencil on stout laid paper (244 x 153) bound into volume 43

Hand

(70) pupil (71) Mr Neill, sub-contractor (72) unidentified pupil (73-74) John Sanders (pupil 1784-90)

Watermark

(70) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR (71) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR (72) T French

Notes

Drawing 70: 'Circular head windows' posed a problem for the upholsterer or curtain maker and this device with a lath (slip of wood) attached to the semicircular architrave to the window has a series of pulleys with lines that pull the curtain up and back so that it is neatly arranged in swags and drops. The drawing may have been copied from the upholsterer's design by a pupil in Soane's office
Drawing 71: the house and kitchen are not shown as connected to this presumably second phase of drainage. There is an entry in SM Journal No.1 for 5 March 1788, p.13, 'Sent by Mr Neill 1 drawing of / Drains, 1 do of Stench Traps / for the Workmen on ½ a Sheet / of Royal Paper each'.
Drawing 72: the double door is 4 feet 5 3/8 inch wide and 8 feet 9½ inches tall. The bottom of the door, up to a height of 2 feet 6 inches is wood panelled and above are glass panels.
Drawings 73-74: the pedestal is 1' 0' / Square and 2' 10¼' high and supports a lamp with lyre-shaped brackets.

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