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SM 29/2/15


[20] Design for alterations and additions, Ground Floor Plan, 1791-2


Ground floor plan


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The Marquiss of Abercorn, Design for the proposed Alterations and Additions to Barons Court House ; rooms labelled: offices as drawing 20; Portico, Entrtance Hall, Billiard Room, The Great Gallery, (left-hand side) Library and / Breakfast Room, Staircase, water / closet, Lobby, Dressing Room, The Marquiss's / Room, Lady's Library, (right-hand side) Ante Room, Staircase, The Eating Room, Dressing / Room, Cold / Bath, Hot Bath, and Water / Closet

Signed and dated

  • 1791
    1791 and Feb: 15th 1792
  • 15 February 1792
    1791 and Feb: 15th 1792

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black and sepia washes with quadruple-ruled pen and black wash border on laid paper (515 x 275)


Pupil 1788-94 Thomas Chawner, draughtsman
Thomas Chawner (pupil, 1788-1794)


J Whatman, fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and below, ornate W


D.Stroud, Sir John Soane architect, 2nd ed., 1996, p.150-1: Irish Architectural Archive, (online) Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1840 (Woodgate)



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