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SM (3) 29/3/5 (4) 29/3/6


Survey and presentation drawings of the existing house, one dated 6 April 1788 (2)


3 Ground floor plan and plan of the proposed drawing room 4 Ground floor plan and three laid out elevations of the cottage exterior; (verso) rough perspective and finished perspecitve of the proposed cottage


(3) to a scale (4) bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot, approximately


3 (Soane) 4½ square ... @£80 ... £360 0s 0d / New staircase / & way into cellar / 3 stories ... £50 / £410 / D[itt]o old material - 25 / £385 and dimensions given, (red pen) This door to open / on the outside, (feint pencil) illegible note concerning parts A, B, C, on plan of the proposed drawing room, (Bailey) The Countess of Pembroke, Plan of Cottage in Richmond Park; (verso) The Countess of Pembroke / Plan of the Lodge 4 Plans and Elevations of Cottage at / Richmond Park as it now is, The Countess of Pembroke, Richmond Park, running dimensions given, (pencil) Kitchen and calculations; (verso, pencil) Mr Hawkes St Albans / at Totternhoe in Bedford[shire], soft Stone / did business at Woburn Abbey / 10 d per foot / next --- --- of Bedfords Quarry

Signed and dated

  • (4) April 6th 1788

Medium and dimensions

(3) Pen and wash, red pen and pencil on laid paper with three fold marks (413 x 531) (4) pen and wash, pencil, within double-ruled and wash border on laid paper with two fold marks and traces of sealing wax (460 x 580)


(3) Soane office and Soane, and some titles added later by George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil and assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60) (4) Soane office


(3-4) J Whatman and fleur-de-lis over cartouche with ornate W below


The existing 'cottage' at Pembroke has an irregular plan that is the apparent result of several distinct building phases, with an arrangement of older rooms at the north-east and newer ranges facing west and south (drawing 4). The survey is overlaid in red pen with a design for the proposed north-west drawing room. A variant design for the drawing room, having a more elongated form and including two corner chimney-pieces, is in the margins of the sheet. The proposed drawing room has four canted corners and a bay window facing west.

The inscription on the verso of drawing 4 refers to a Mr Hawkes and the purchasing of Totternoe stone at 10d per foot. This inscription could relate to a project in 1794, when Soane made designs of a house and shopfront in Piccadilly for Mr Thomas Hawkes (SM 39/1/32-6).

Addendum (28/02/2020):
On account of the possible connection with St Albans, an alternative to Mr Hawkes’ identity has been suggested as Joseph Hawke[s] or his son William. Both were stonemasons living in St Albans in the 1774-93 period. The source of this information can be found in the poor rate assessments, militia lists and apprenticeship records. One of these men, presumably the father, was one of the three lead masons at the building of Gorhambury in 1777-84, home to the 3rd Viscount Grimston, and designed by Sir Robert Taylor.


P. Dean, Sir John Soane and London, 2006, p. 221.



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