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Reference number

SM (42a) 78/19/1A (42b) 78/18/1A (43) 3/4/25


Preliminary designs for re-modelling the house, 13 November 1808 (2)


42 a and b Two parts of a ground floor plan drawn freehand by Soane which together show the south and central part of the house, with a bow on the south side and a portico on the north side 43 Ground floor plan by Soane with a domed vestibule and a bow-windowed breakfast room to the south and with two variant plans for the vestibule


(42a and b) to a scale (43) bar scale of 1/16 inch to 1 foot


42 a and b rooms labelled Servt d---, high Ligh--, Butler, Vestibule, Str[ong] Clos[et], Plate Clos[et] (re-drawn to a half-circle and labelled (pencil) Recess for / Hats &c) and Lib[rary] (versos: (42a) J Playfair / 1788 / M Barclay Esqr / Uwie / 5 Drawings and (42b) J Playfair / Duke of Buccleuch / Langholme Lodge 1786 / 13 Drawings 43 Stephen Thornton Esq / Mogerhanger and rooms labelled: Library, Mr Thorntons Room, Drawing Room, Antiroom / & / Breakast room, Eating Room, Servants Hall, Servts / dressing / room / &c, Passage to the offices &c &c, Housekeepers Room, Butler, Plate / Closet, Closet, Closet, Vestibule, Strong / Clo[set], Wat[er] Closet, The / best Staircase, Portico variant plans labelled: Take this side, Vestibule, Strong / Closet, Lobby (twice), Passage to Offices / &c and Butler, Strong / Closet

Signed and dated

(43) Novr 13 : 1808

Medium and dimensions

(42 a and b) Brown pen, pencil on laid paper ( 249 x 202, 249 x 304) (44) brown pen, hatched on laid paper (470 x 582)


(42 a and b and 43) Soane


(43) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below (?) GR


Soane's rough preliminary design (42 a and b) was cut up to make labels for his collection of drawings made by James Playfair (1755-1794) probably by George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant, 1806-37, curator 1837-60). Here it is partly re-united.
Drawing 43 is the first of four variant designs that takes a footprint of about 80 feet by 62 feet deep (north-south), the original one having been about 62 feet wide (north-south) by 70 feet deep. The entrance via a portico is now on the north side and leads (drawing 43) into a domed vestibule; an idea re-introduced in drawings 60 and 61 (dated 11 February 1809) but then dropped. The three rooms on the east side are made out of three existing rooms from the first building phase: the Soane-designed drawing room becomes the library, the entrance hall now a room for Stephen Thornton and the old (pre-Soane) eating room now the drawing room. All else is new.



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