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SM 31/3/27


[155] Preliminary working drawing for the offices with ruins, 17 October 1801


Plan of the basement and rough elevation of lantern (verso) rough elevation of the exterior and rough section through plaster casts gallery


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


Wall between 2 archways in office Ca. / area wall in front next Lawn / between Cistern pavillion / Wall in washouse & Brewhouse, a.B.C Cistern over the whole / of this front ab.t 2 feet deep, Lobby, make this / place of suff[icient] / dimensions to / take the seat / of [illegible], Cisterns, Coal, Leave a flue, Wood, The level of this floor to / remain as / it now is, The Washouse & Bakehouse, of this same / width / as the Chi[mney] / in [illegible] / Room & flue / large enough for a Kitchen Ch[imne]y, leave a door, Waiting Jambs, old window, Gallery for Plaister Casts & Models, Dom[e] Sky l[ight]. (twice), Ruins of a Temple opposite this window, q[uer]y anti Room / or / Lobby / to the Gallery, each foot cub[e] / sq : holds / 6 gallons, Crown piece, old windows now in Hayloft windows and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 17 October 1801
    L.I.F. Octr17th: 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen and sepia washes, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (344 x 578)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect



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