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Reference number

SM (1) 29/5E/3 (2) 29/5E/1 (3) 29/5E/2

Purpose

Design for alterations, December 1790 (3)

Aspect

1 Ground floor plan with landscape and outline of outbuildings 2 Elevation of Entrance Front
3 Elevation next the Lawn

Scale

(1-3) bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

1 (upper case) Plan of the alterations and additions / to the principal floor at Steephill, The Honble Wilbraham Tollemache, plan labelled (upper case): Vestibule, Best staircase, Water / Closet, Drawing Room, Eating Room, Confectionary, Skylight, Servants Hall, Kitchen, Scullery, Pantry and flier labelled (upper case): Water / Closet 2 (upper case) as above, The Honble Wilbraham Tollemache 3 (upper case) as above, The Honble Wilbraham Tollemache

Signed and dated

(1-3) (upper case) Albion Place December MDCCXC

Medium and dimensions

(1) Pen and black, grey and pink washes, within double-ruled black wash border on laid paper (586 x 465) (2-3) pen and coloured washes, including olive green, sepia and blue, within double-ruled black wash border on laid paper (581 x 461, 584 x 464)

Hand

(1-3) attributed to Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-1794)

Watermark

(1-2) J Whatman and fleur-de-lis over cartouche with ornate W below

Notes

The proposed entrance vestibule is in the primitive style Soane earlier exhibited in his dairy for Hamel's Park (q.v.). The vestibule is on a semicircular plan and attached to the front of the house. Soane's description of the dairy at Hamel's Park, as inscribed on a drawing in the Victoria and Albert Museum, may be useful in revealing his intentions for this building: 'The pillars are proposed to be of the Trunks of Elm Trees with the bark on / and Honey suckle & Woodbine / planted at their feet, forming / festoons &c / The Roof to be thatched & / the ends of the Rafters / to appear.'


The front and back elevations show a substantial wing of offices hidden behind a grove of trees. Erasure marks on drawing 3 show an alternative design for the back elevation, with additional windows and a lead roof. Erasure marks also occur on drawing 2. The finished elevations show a three-storey house beneath a thatched roof. The attic storey is a proposed addition, as indicated in drawing 4.

A flier on the ground floor plan (drawing 1) has alternative arrangements for the water closet entry and the adjacent door into thouse. Both face the exterior. The design beneath the flier shows the entrances recessed, thus providing more privacy and protection to those communicating betwen the two doors.

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