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image SM (6) 29/3/8

Reference number

SM (6) 29/3/8


Copy of a presentation drawing, showing proposed design for alterations and additions to the north-east, 23 July 1788


6 First floor plan


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


No 1, B, Copy, Bedchamber floor, Countess of Pembroke, bedchamber, bedchamber, passage, dressing room, w. closet, bedchamber / 10'0" by 14'0, bedchamber / 12'0" by 10'0", bedchamber / 13'6" by 14'0", closet, 3'6"

Signed and dated

  • July 23d 1788, Welbeck Street July 23rd 1788

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey and pink washes on laid paper with one fold mark (580 x 455)


John McDonnell (pupil 1786-1791) and Robert Woodgate (clerk 1788-1791)


J Whatman and fleur-de-lis over cartouche with ornate W below


Soane sent Lady Pembroke four drawings on 23 July 1788, showing two variant designs for additions to the cottage at Richmond Park. As in drawing 5, neither was approved. Drawing 6 shows the first floor of one of the proposed designs. The addition includes three bedrooms, a principal staircase, a common staircase and a water closet. The drawing also proposes a dressing room over the front porch. The first storey has three distinct floor levels.

Drawing 5 was rejected on account of the expense and it is probable that the same assessment was made of drawing 6, as the final executed design was much less substantial.



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