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Reference number

SM 3/4/16

Purpose

[79] Final or near-final design, Plan of the Basement Floor, 1810

Aspect

Plan of the Basement Story of Mogerhanger House

Scale

bar scales of ¼ inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above and Stephen Thornton Esqre

Signed and dated

1810

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper (565 x 645)

Hand

Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office hand, inscribing hand of George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant, 1806-37, curator 1837-60)
Bailey, George (1792--1860)
Soane office hand, inscribing hand of George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant, 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Notes

Drawing 79 for the basement shows cellars on the south side each with a window and a room with a fireplace and two windows on the west side of the house. The pale sepia wash of the enclosed compartments on the north side indicate that these are to be left as 'earth', that is, foundations. The semcircular foundations for the entrance portico on the north side whose form was adopted late in the building process had evidently been agreed by the time this drawing was made. The slightly stepped fronts to each side of the portico are also evident. For other drawings for the cellars see Nos 5, 38 and 65.

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