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image SM (16) 29/3/12

Reference number

SM (16) 29/3/12


Design drawing for addition and alterations including new eating room, ante-room and east front, 26 July 1796


16 Plan of the Ground Floor with alterations


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot, approximately


as above, The Countess of Pembroke, Porch, Vestibule / 11'11" by 19'0", Eating Room / 18'0" by 20'0", Anti Library / 18'0" by 15'6", Books (four times), Library, Servants Hall / 19'0" by 22'0", arcade, common staircase, door, way into / cellar, risers numbered 1 to 10, Court and Pantry

Signed and dated

  • (Copy) Lincolns Inn Fields July 29 1796

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey, black and blue washes on wove paper with one fold mark (665 x 527)


Henry Hake Seward (pupil 1794-1808)


The proposed (though unbuilt) design entails demolishing the older rooms of the existing house and replacing them with a symmetrical east front containing large formal rooms. The new east front has a porch between two Venetian windows. An eating room and ante-room are on this east front and a new principal staircase occupies the centre of the plan. The principal rooms being arranged on the east and south fronts reduces the prominence of Soane's north-west drawing room of 1788-9.

On 28 July 1796 Soane visited Lady Pembroke at the lodge, staying from 10 until 3 to discuss designs for alterations. He returned home and, according to his Journal No3, worked on drawings until 11 at night. The following day he visited the client with two plans and two small views of a hall and eating room. The plans were approved and estimates were ordered, although building work did not commence.



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