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Reference number

SM (3) 29/5A/1 (4) 29/5A/2


Presentation drawings, 8 April 1790 (2)


3 Elevation of the Entrance Front 4 Plan of the Ground Floor; (verso) unfinished ground floor plan


(3-4) bar scale of 3/20 inch to 1 foot


3 as above, Right Honble Lady Granard 4 as above, Right Honble Lady Granard, plan labelled: Portico, Vetibule / 9'0" by 18'0", Eating Room / 22'6" by 28'0", Library and Breakfast / Room / 24'0" by 18'0", Best Staircase / 16'6" by 16'0", Common Staircase, Passage to Offices, Strong / Closet / &c, Offices

Signed and dated

  • (3) Copy April 8th 1790 (4) Copy April 8th 1790

Medium and dimensions

(3) Pencil, pen and coloured washes, including sepia, Payne's grey and black, on laid paper (582 x 450) (4) pencil, pen and grey and black washes, within double-ruled border on laid paper (447 x 581)


(3-4) attributed to John Sanders (pupil, 1 September 1784-90)


(3) J Whatman and fleur-de-lis over cartouche with ornate W below (4) Portal & Bridges and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with GR below


Drawings 3 and 4 are copies of presentation drawings delivered to the client by John Sanders on 8 April 1790 (Ledger C). A similar plan and front elevation (with plans of the upper floors) were published in Soane's Sketches in architecture, 1793, plates XXII-III. Soane's published design is an inverse of drawing 4 with, for example, the bowed eating room on the left-hand side. The published plan also does not include the offices.

Drawings 3 and 4 show the same plan and elevation as Soane's preliminary design, drawings 1 and 2, except for a variation in the stairwell and the arched passage between the entrance hall and stairs. As noted on drawing 2, the secondary portico has been omitted in this design. The 'Writg Closet' in drawing 2 has been labelled as a strong closet in drawing 4.



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