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Reference number

SM (50) 33/1/21 (51) 33/1/20 (52) 33/1/19

Purpose

Designs for minor alterations, including partitions in the library, April 1813 (3)

Aspect

50 Part-Plan of the Hall Floor 51 Part-ground floor plan 52 Part-first floor plan

Scale

(50-52) bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

50 as above, The Marquiss of Buckingham, These Windows to open down to the floor, 4:0, The Library, Columns & Pilasters from the Library 51 The Marquiss of Buckingham, plan labelled (some in upper case): Great Staircase, Part of the Dining Room, Library, Bookcase (six times), Qy / Bookcase (twice), Dressing Room, Powdering / Closet / 6:6 by 13:3, Bed Chamber, These windows to open dow to the Floor, Bed, Common Staircase, (pencil) Watercloset 52 The Marquiss of Buckingham, plan labelled (upper case) Great Staircase, Part of the / Drawing Room, Drawing Room, The Marchioness of / Buckingham's Room / 34 ft by 20 ft, Closet, Common / Staircase

Signed and dated

(50) Lincolns Inn Fields April 21st 1813 (51) L.I. Fields April 1813 (52) L.I. Fields April 1813

Medium and dimensions

(50) Pencil, pen and black and red washes on laid paper (667 x 409) (51) pencil, pen and grey, black and pink washes, within five-ruled and wash border on wove paper (588 x 420) (52) pencil, pen and grey and pink washes, within triple-ruled and wash border on wove paper (580 x 410)

Hand

(50) attributed to George Allen Underwood (1794-1829, assistant 1807-1815) (51-52) Soane office

Watermark

(50) Phipps & Son 1809 and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with ornate (?)PF below

Notes

Alterations to the house were commisisoned in 1813, the last year of the Marquess's life. Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (1776-1839), later 1st Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, inherited the house upon his father's death but entries in Soane's journals and ledgers name the 1st Marquess as client for the 1813-14 alterations. Years later, the Duke approached Soane for a substantial loan, wherein Soane offered to purchase part of the Duke's collection.

Alterations to the first floor introduce a room for the Marchioness at the south-east corner, with one chimney-piece removed to include a direct communication into the adjoining drawing room. Partitions on the north wall narrow the Marchioness's room so that the chimney-piece is centred on the east wall.

Alterations to the ground floor are shown on drawings 50 and 51. The former library is used as a bedroom, and an alcove on the north wall has been removed (see drawing 38 for the original room design). Soane's alterations, in pink wash, show the west alcove partitioned off to provide for a powdering closet.

Level

Drawing

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