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image SM 30/2/85

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SM 30/2/85


[103] Working drawing for the water closet, 16 March 1791


Plan of the water closet / upon the level of the / principal floor; details of bead moulding; elevation of the door from the staircase; and section of the doorframe


bar scale of 5/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, Watercloset to correspond with the one in finished wing / shutters 1½ bead flush & square / backflaps WIDI bead butt & square, The Marquiss of Abercorn / Bentley Priory, Stucco, The architraves in the closet / & back staircase, the same / as round the doors in the / bed chambers / a do not make this door until further orders, a

Signed and dated

  • 16 March 1791
    March 16 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey and pink washes on wove paper wieth two fold marks (549 x 322)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office



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