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image SM 29/2/6

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SM 29/2/6


[9] Preliminary design, Plan A for Ground Floor, 14 May 1791


Plan A for ground floor with (added by Soane) rough elevation of Entrance front


bar scale of 10/12 of 1 inch to a foot (sic)


as above, (office hand) The Marquiss of Abercorn, (Soane) Notes referg / to / Plans A & B / The Brew house is improperly placed / should be detached - might be turned / into a hot & cold Bath Dressing Room / & Chamber over them / Z The Staircase ---- --- (illegible) being destroyed / gives another Chamber above ; As the end fronts are not now regular / the proposed additions will not affect / them, other than by improving them K. This Staircase leads to room, / was Servants Hall & is instead / of the present Staircase proposed / to be destroyed ; rooms labelled: Hall, Library, Antiroom, The Great Gallery, Billiard Room, Eating room (offices) Brewhouse, Tenants Parlor, Agent, Store, HKeeper, Butler, Steward, Servant Halls, Court, and marked C D D E E F H K K K K K L L Z and 2 dimensions given (8 feet, (pencil) 17 feet)

Signed and dated

  • 14 May 1791
    Baron's Court / Saturday May 14 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, brown pen and wash additions, light red wash, hatching, pencil, with double ruled pen and wash broder, pricked for transfer, with double-ruled and black wash border on laid paper (455 x 572)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office hand (Thomas Chawner, pupil 1788-94 ?), drawn February 1791, Soane 14-15 May 1791


J Whatman, fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate W



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