- English Baroque Drawings: architecture, sculpture and garden design
- Undated, but datable March 1689
The small sketch on the verso appears to show one bay of the hall, with its buttress projections, and some dimensions in width, including 35 feet and an additional space of about 5 feet, creating an overall width of 40 feet. The hall is in fact nearer to 40 feet 6 inches wide, the dimension marked as the width of the room space in the upper part of the sketch. The sketch below gives dimensions of a room 27 feet wide, but this does not correspond to the widths of any rooms adjacent to the hall in the existing building.
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