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Reference number

SM volume 59/78

Purpose

[52] Presentation drawing showing an alternative design for a second addition, Ground floor plan, 14 October 1789

Aspect

Ground floor plan with fliers

Scale

bar scale of 1/14 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

The principal floor of Bentley Priory with the proposed additions, The Earl of Abercorn, It is proposed for the Billiard Table to be placed in the Tribune, Tribune / 30 feet diamr, Portico / 30'0" by 24'0", Library / 30'0" by 24'0", 19'7"½ by 24'0", Hall / 30'0" by 40'0", Vestibule / 15'0" diamr, Entrance for carriages / 24'0 by 12'0", Eating Room / 30'0" by 40'0", Drawing Room / 30'0" by 50'0", and fliers labelled: Eating Room / 30'0" by 40'0", vestibule, Entrance for carriages

Signed and dated

Welbeck Street Octr 14th 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey and pink washes, pencil, within single-ruled and pink wash border on laid paper (472 x 291)

Hand

Attributed to Sanders, John (1768--1826) - Library - Catalogs, draughtsman
attributed to John Sanders (1768 - , pupil 1784-90)

Watermark

sheet pasted down

Notes

Drawing 52 is the earliest design and shows a T-shaped plan arranged around the tribune. The old house is not included in this design; only an outline on the right-hand side of the plan suggests a part of the existing building. In the proposed design, the hall and vestibule are aligned on axis with the tribune and south-facing portico. The portico projects with four columns and has geometric stairs at two ends. Fliers on the drawing show an alternative plan for the north and west ends, with the hall omitted and a door between the tribune and eating room blocked up, the only communication to the eating room being through the vestibule or the external portico. In both versions, the secondary staircase occupies three bays of the north front.

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