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Reference number

SM (8) 29/3/1 (9) 29/3/2

Purpose

Presentation drawings for finishings to the new drawing room (2)

Aspect

8 Interior perspective looking south 9 Interior perspective looking north

Inscribed

8-9 (Bailey) The Countess of Pembroke

Signed and dated

(8-9) (Bailey) 1788

Medium and dimensions

(8) Pencil, pen and grey, blue and green washes on wove paper (530 x 333) (9) pencil, pen and grey and coloured washes (530 x 326)

Hand

(8-9) Soane office, and titles added later by George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil and assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60

Notes

The proposed drawing room is at the north-west corner of the house, overlooking westerly views of the Thames. The room is on a unique plan, essentially being a square space surrounded on four sides by coved alcoves of varying dimensions. The room is lit by three windows to the north and two to the west. A fluted chimney-piece is centred on its east wall.

Drawings 8 and 9 show the (proposed) interior finishings of the new drawing room. A wallpaper resembles the wire cage of an aviary, the sides overgrown with vines. Some of the vines are shown to continue upwards on the coved corners of the ceiling, executed either in paint or wallpaper. A basket is depicted in the centre of the south wall (drawing 8). English decorative painters John and Frederick Crace (1754-1819 and 1779-1859, respectively) worked for Soane at Woburn Abbey, Althorpe, the Bank of England, and Aynhoe Park, as well as at Soane's own Breakfast Room at 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields in 1792. At Lincoln's Inn Fields, the Crace brothers painted a trellised ceiling similar to that shown here for Pembroke Lodge. It is possible, then, that the Soane commissioned the Craces for Pembroke Lodge.

The ceiling has a unique tent-like form consisting of ten vaulted triangular panels radiating from a central roundel. Drawing 8 shows the room with a green carpet.

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Drawing

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