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image SM 29/4A/8

Reference number

SM 29/4A/8

Purpose

[4] Revised design, Ground floor plan and front elevation, July 1789

Aspect

Ground floor plan and front elevation

Scale

pricked through bar scale of 1/6 inch to one foot

Inscribed

Covered with glazed tiles (of roof), Ped[imen]t Pitch, Chamber floor of House, Hall floor (3 times), Floor of Kitchen, Floor of Rooms over Laundry, Garrets over Kitchen, Staircase / to Garret, Place this Ch[imne]y as in / other Pl (?), Steps to Nursery over Laundry, A. to B. put the Steps here so / as to make the Passage / level with the floor of / Kitchen, Omit this, A Garret over / this Staircase, dimensions given, many calculations (some in pencil) and Mr Collyer

Signed and dated

July / 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, light red and sepia washes, pencil, pricked for transfer on cartridge paper with one fold mark (635 x 522)

Hand

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

Notes

The design is for the new house with three reception rooms, entrance lobby and two staircases, and for the adjacent parts of the re-modelled offices to the rear; all close to the design shown in drawings 2 and 3 but with some amendments and more fully worked out. The elevation varies from those shown on drawings 2 and 3; it is astylar with a four-column portico with a semicircular-headed window to each side and with three, amended to five, windows to the upper storey.

The inscription 'covered with glazed tiles' on drawing 4 might indicate Soane's use of the black-glazed, S-shaped pantiles produced in Norfolk from the mid-18th century. Their use may have been suggested by the roof of the existing building re-modelled as offices. Ptolemy Dean's photograph (p.181, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999) shows a pantiled roof on the north front.

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