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SM (1) 3/1/16 (2) 3/1/17


Design for a house and offices, May 1804 (2)


1 Plan of the House & Offices 2 Plan of the House


(1) bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot (2) bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


1 as above, William May Esqr, rooms labelled: Eating Room, Best Parlor, Common Parlor, Best Staircase, Comn Staircase, Store Closet, Pantry, Kitchen, Pantry, Entrance / to / Kitchen, Washouse, Privy, Wood / & / Coals, (left-hand side) Stable, Chaise house, Saddle / & / Harness and room dimensions given 2 as above, William May Esqr, rooms labelled as drawing 1 and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1-2 Lincolns Inn Fields May 7th 1804

Medium and dimensions

(1) Pen, black and sepia washes within quadruple-ruled pen and wash border, pricked for transfer, on laid paper (731 x 522) (2) pen and red wash within qualdruple-ruled pen and wash border, pricked for transfer on laid paper (731 x 522)


Soane office hand (no entry in Day Book)


1-2 1801 J Whatman


The house plan of drawing 2 corresponds with that of drawing 1 and both show only the ground floor. The design is a straightforward one with a three-bay front and an entrance with porch to one side. The offices include a chaise house and stables for two horses, and a generous provision of three outside privies that together with the 'common' and 'best' parlours and staircases suggests an unpretentious household.



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