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Reference number

SM 6/1/6

Purpose

[6] Preliminary design for the drawing room, datable to January 1791

Aspect

Plan; longitudinal section; and cross section

Scale

bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

The Earl of Hardwicke, Plan and Section of the proposed Drawing Room at Wimple (sic), plan labelled Upright Skylight / 19'0", and lettered A to E corresponding to key: It is proposed to hang the Walls of this Room with Pictures // D a large Glass to be placed opposite the Chimney C // E a large Glass to be placed here // The upright Skylight will light the back part of the Room in the / most desirable manner for pictures // By this plan none of the best Rooms are disturbed the angular / Chimney & the other irregularities now existing in the little room / between the damask drawing Room and the Saloon are entirely / removed and the Effect of the Glass E and the light from the upright / Skylight particularly in the passing from the Saloon to the drawing Room / but the strongest reason for ones recommending this idea is that every / purpose of convenience & magnificence is attain'd without disturbing / any of the material parts of the Building & further might be / completed without incommoding the family // The common Staircase as shewn in the General Plan is in all cases / as convenient & in some more so than the present Staircase / (except for Servants coming from the offices to the Hall door which / may be easily remedied[)] and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

datable to January 1791 (see Notes)

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and wash, brown pen, pencil, on laid paper (554 x 316)

Hand

Pupil 1788-94 Thomas Chawner, draughtsman
Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-1794) and John Macdonnell (1770-?, pupil 1786-1791)
Pupil 1786-91 John McDonnell, draughtsman
Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-1794) and John Macdonnell (1770-?, pupil 1786-1791)

Level

Drawing

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