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Reference number

SM (2) volume 57/1 (3) volume 57/2

Purpose

Record drawings of details for the drawing room and adjacent book room, one dated 9 September 1786 (2)

Aspect

2 Details of the Drawng Room at Nackington 3 Details of the book room shelves, doors and windows

Scale

(2) bar scale of 1/12 inch to one foot, (3) ½ Size

Inscribed

2 As above, R Milles Esq, 1, Soffit of Window, Door into Book Room, Shutter to the Window, (feint pencil) 5/10 bead for Cutting, (very feint pencil) from the floor to the top of SurCase 20 and dimensions given 3 Richard Milles Esq, 2, Cornice and Pilaster for Bookcase, Line of Cornice, Ground Line, Architrave to Doors and Windows / of Ante Room ½ Size, One of the Upright Bookcases M ½ Size, Section of Book Shelves ½ Size, Molding for Pannel K

Signed and dated

(2) datable to between September 1786 and January 1787 (See SM Order Book 1787, pt. 1 p. 37 and notes below) (3) September 9. 1786

Medium and dimensions

(2) Pen, pencil on laid paper (396 x 282) (3) pen, grey and sepia washes, shaded, pencil additions on laid paper (415 x 282)

Hand

(2-3) John McDonnell (pupil February 1786-91)

Watermark

(2) Taylor (3) J Whatman

Notes

Drawing 2 shows the design of the '6 pan[e]l double margin doors' (SM Bill Book No 1 1786-88) which led 'into [the] Book Room' from the new drawing room addition through what had previously been a window.

Three of the five designs on drawing 3 are for bookshelves or bookcases presumably intended for the 'Book Room.' The cost of the alterations to the book room or library was £38 0s 11¼d (SM Bill Book 1, pp. 1-5) although it is not known whether this involved refurbishing an existing library or adapting a room which had previously had a different purpose.

Literature

P. Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.176

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Drawing

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