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Reference number

SM (5) 29/5D/5 (6) 29/5D/6

Purpose

Designs for finishings on the first floor, 2 August 1790 (2)

Aspect

5 Plan with laid out elevations; detail of the Cornice to the Nursery; and detail of the Cornice to the Bedchamber 6 Plan and laid-out elevations; detail of the Cornice to the Dressing Room; Section of Cornice at A; section of Surbase Moldings ot the Nursery only; and section of the window and door architrave to the bedroom and dressing room

Scale

(5-6) bar scale of 2/7 inch to 1 foot and full size

Inscribed

5 as above, James Patteson Esqre, Bedchamber, 6" (twice), Folding Doors / to hang like a / jib Door and / papered over, 1'6" (twice), elevations lettered A to C corresponding with key: A. These Sashes & Shutters to correspond with those / in the present House Window. // B. These Doors to be framed like those in the present House // C. The Chimney Piece that was in the Anti-Room to be / put up here, line of finished wall (twice), Cieling, Single Architraves ot the Doors & Windows of the Nursery / Torus Skirting to the Nursery / The Doors & Windows to correspond with those in / the present House, full size 6 John Patteson Esqr, Dressing Room, elevations lettered A and B (multiple times) corresponding with key: A.A. These Sashes & Shutters to correspond with those / to the Windows in the present House. // B.B. These Doors to be framed like those in the present House, Cirr bead in Plaister, Angle bead, Recess, some dimensions given, line of Plinth, 6" deep, line of Dado, full size, line of dado, line of / finished wall, line of / finished / wall, Architrave to the Windows / of the Bedchamber and / Dressing Room. The / same Architrave to the Doors / of the Bedchambers & Dressing / Room, only they are to be 3½ inches on the Face, dressing room cornice lettered A (twice) and B, full size, line of finishe'd wall, Section at B, Section of Head, Cieling

Signed and dated

(5) Copy Augst 2d 1790 (6) Copy. Albion Place August 3d 1790

Medium and dimensions

(5) Pencil and pen on laid paper with one fold mark (549 x 663) (6) pencil, pen and grey and pink washes on laid paper with one fold mark (565 x 681)

Hand

(5-6) attributed to John McDonnell (pupil 1786-91)

Notes

The bedroom has three doors, going into an adjoining room in the present house, to the nursery, and to the dressing room. A note on the drawing states that the chimney-piece is taken from an existing anti-room in the existing house. The wall opposite the windows has closet doors that are flush with the wall and 'papered over' so that they do not disrupt the room's symmetry.

The cornice in the bedroom has fluting below an egg and dart motif. The nursery cornice is much simpler.


The dressing room cornice is decorated with masks surrounded by coved elliptical arches. The design is a variation of Soane's eating room ornament at Bentley Priory, which also has drawings dating from August 1790 (drawings 82 to 84 in scheme for Bentley Priory, q.v.). The cornice at Bentley Priory is the same design with the addition of Bacchic references appropriate to its dining room setting, having bearded masks crowned with leafed wreaths and connected to one another by swags heavy with fruit and grape leaves. The cornice in drawing 6 is more appropriate for a dressing room.

Level

Drawing

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