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Reference number

SM 4/3/12

Purpose

Design, August 1792

Aspect

Plan of the Ground Floor of the House at Taplow and Elevation of the Front plan for the first floor (on flyer)

Scale

bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, Lady Williams Wynn, plan labelled: Drawing Room, Eating Room, Parlor, Hall (twice), Butlers / Closet, Scullery, Servants Hall, Kitchen, Housekeepers Room, Passage, Butler's Room, (flyer) Bed Room, Dressing Room, Light Closet, Passage, Green Bed Room, Dressg Room and some dimensions given; elevation labelled level of floor (twice)

Signed and dated

Augt 1792

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes with double ruled and black wash border on laid paper, flyer on secretary paper (750 x 478, flyer 112 x 220)

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

J Whatman, fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and below, ornate W. Flyer: Britannia holding lance, shield and olive branch within crowned oval

Notes

Charlotte Grenville (1754-1830) was the second wife of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn (1749-1789). They married in December 1771 and had six children. She was a Grenville of Stowe, the eldest daughter of George Grenville (1712-1770) who was Prime Minister from 1763 to 1765. The accounts with Soane were settled by Charlotte's brother, the 1st Marquess of Buckingham (1753-1813).

To the existing house whose front consisted of a canted bay window and a bow window Soane added a single large drawing room on the left-hand side measuring 26 x 26 feet and with a 20 foot bow, 5 feet deep. On the first floor the same area was given a bedroom with dressing room and closet. Ptolemy Dean (op.cit) states that Soane's additions (extant in 1907) were carried out but the house was later demolished and replaced by a block of flats.

Jill Lever, September 2012

Literature

P.Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, pp.183-4; N.Pevsner and E.Williamson, Buckinghamshire, 1994, p.692

Level

Drawing

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