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image SM (5) 29/3/8v

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SM (5) 29/3/8v


Presentation drawing, showing proposed design for alterations and additions to the north, 17 July 1788


5 Ground floor plan


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Countess of Pembroke, Vestibule, Eating Room / 18'0" by 21'0", Library / 24'9" by 16'0", Drawing room / 17'9" by 22'0", ante-room, best staircase / 16'0" by 7'0", closet, water / closet, dimensions given, (pencil) 18 by 18 and calculations

Signed and dated

  • July 17th 1788, Welbeck Street July 17 1788

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey and pink washes within double-ruled and wash border on laid paper with one fold mark (580 x 455)


attributed to John Sanders (pupil 1784-1790)


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


John Sanders (Soane pupil 1784-90) delivered 5 to Lady Pembroke on 18 July 1788. This design was estimated at £800, 'which was considerably more than she wished' (Journal No 1). According to Soane's Journal, a less costly design estimated at £500 was delivered the next day, but this too did not meet client's approval.

Drawing 5 shows the ground floor design of a proposed house. The east entrance front is made symmetrical by the inclusion of a large eating room to the north of the entrance. The entrance is set behind a portico in-antis and between Venetian windows, one being blind and the other lighting the new eating room. The addition also includes a polygonal drawing room at the north-west corner, as in the design on the survey drawing (drawing 3). A principal staircase is at the west wall but pencil alterations suggest moving the staircase to the centre of the plain, no doubt freeing up with west so that its vistas could be better-appreciated.



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