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image SM 29/1/4

Reference number

SM 29/1/4

Purpose

[6] Office copy of working drawing, Plan of ground floor

Aspect

Plan of ground floor

Scale

bar scale of 1/7 inch to a foot

Inscribed

as above, (Sanders) Thomas Giffard Esqre Chillington, (McDonnell) Whole Extent 156 feet 6 Inches, B The Window must be / in the middle of the outside / Break. / The Recess (6..6) in the / middle of the Room, This Room 10'.6" high from the setoff / and a mezzanine over to / bring it to the Level of the / Chamber Floor, New Wall 1:6, rooms labelled Present Great Staircase, Present Servants Hall, Kitchen and fully dimensioned

Signed and dated

Datable to c1786 in accord with drawing 7

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink wash, pencil on cartridge paper (510 x 630)

Hand

Pupil 1786-91 John McDonnell, draughtsman
John McDonnell (1770- , pupil 18 March 1786-1791)

Notes

The plan shows the new east (entrance) front with a four-column portico; a freehand amendment labelled B projects the east wall of the south-east bay by 18 inches and a freehand detail also labelled B shows the treatment of the south-east angle or corner. A light pink wash indicates the new work, that is, the east front with three (unlabelled) rooms behind it, the north range, re-modelling of the Great Hall with new offices and a smsll court on its north side. The 1724 building on the south side and the Great Staircase are untouched as are the detached kitchen and the servants hall on the west side.Comparison with drawing 16, plan of the entrance hall dated 28 April 1788, suggests that the plan catalogued here is later than drawing 16 since it shows the screen as a pair of columns with antae, that is, as executed while drawing 16 shows the unexecuted screen of four freestanding columns. However, perhaps the four-column screen was rejected in favour of the original screen indicated on this drawing.

Level

Drawing

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