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SM (13) 29/3/10 (14) 29/3/11v


Survey drawings, 9 December 1793 (2)


13 Plan of the Ground Floor; (verso) unfinished section of (?) the lodge 14 Plan of the One Pair Floors; (verso) see drawing 15


(13-14) bar scale of 3/20 inch to 1 foot


13 as above, The Countess of Pembroke, Servants hall, Kitchen, Scullery, Fence, risers numbered 1 to 11 lettered A to F corresponding with key: A higher than B 2 inches / B lower than C 2 inches / D lower than A 2 inches / E 6½ in above F, dimensions given (pencil) lead r[oof], Cellar, nothing und[er], feint illegible note in margins, calculations and some dimensions given 14 as above, The Countess of Pembroke, lettered A to L corresponding with key: A. From the Ground floor to the top of this / landing is 8':9" / B. Two feet lower than A / C. 1½ inch higher than D / E 4':7"¼ above C / D Top of this landing 6':9" above the level of / Ground floor under it / F 4':4" above G NB Skylight over F to light Passage / H 1':6" lower than F / I 1:6 lower than E / K 1':10" above level of D & 8'7" from / the Ground floor under it / L lower than K 1':0", dimensions given, (pencil) No 1 / Lady['s] Chamber, door, closet, (?)Living Rooms, nursery, lead, Bedchamber first floor and dimensions given

Signed and dated

(13) Great Scotland Yard Decr 9th 1793 (14) Great Scotland Yard Decr 9th 1793

Medium and dimensions

(13-14) Pencil, pen and wash on wove paper pricked for transfer with one fold mark (658 x 527, 663 x 527)


(13-14) Frederick Meyer (pupil 1791-96)


Drawings 13 and 14 are surveys of the house in 1793. Between 1788 and 1793, Soane built a north-west wing and additional offices to Pembroke Lodge, and he made minor alterations such as the installation of a Venetian window at the east front. Pencil alterations to drawings 13 and 14 suggest additions to the east and a bombé front facing west.

The keyed inscriptions on both drawings refer to the varying ceiling and floor levels of the ground and first floors, respectively.

The verso of drawing 13 has an unfinished section showing two buildings linked by an arched entrance. The building on the left-hand side has a mezzanine and chimneys at both ends. The building on the right has two storeys, its windows set within blind segmental-headed arches. In March and April 1794 drawings were made for alterations to the cottage, including a section of on 15 April for a building with mezzanine. Drawing 13 verso is probably a preliminary design for these alterations.

The verso of drawing 14 is drawing 15, a design for the first floor.



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