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image SM (15) 29/3/11

Reference number

SM (15) 29/3/11


Design drawing for additions and alterations for a symmetrical east front, 22 November 1793


15 Plan of the Chamber Floor of the Cottage in Richmond Park / shewing the proposed alterations


bar scale of 2/11 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Countess of Pembroke, Floor raised, (pencil) door

Signed and dated

Great Scotland Yard Novr 22 1793

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey, pink and yellow washes, on wove paper with one fold mark (665 x 518)


Soane and attributed to Frederick Meyer (pupil 1791-96)


Drawing 12 shows the first floor of a proposed addition. The north-east corner is projected to regularize the east front. Wooden partitions are adjusted in the main corridor and in the adjoining east-facing rooms. The larger room is presumably the 'Lady's Chamber', as inscribed on drawing 14.

On 22 November 1793, Soane sent Lady Pembroke two drawings showing the ground and first floor of a proposed design for additions (Journal No 1). He called on her immediately and discussed the design. Drawing 15 shows one of the designs presented, with Soane's pencil alterations to the door and erasure marks showing alterations to the walls. It is unclear whether drawing 15 is one of those presented to Lady Pembroke. Soane's Journal records that the drawings were made on cartridge paper; drawing 15 is on thin wove paper. However, Soane's rough alterations to the drawing suggest that he was in conversation with the client.

The verso of drawing 15 is a survey of the property, made by Frederick Meyer in early December, see drawing 14.



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