4-7 bar scales of ¼ inch to 1 foot
4 labelled: Foundation Solid Rock, Cellar (twice), Wine Cellar, Coals for Bank, Cistern, Water Closet / for Clerks, Door plated / with Iron, Iron Gate (twice), Footmans Pantry, Knife Board, Shelf, Closet, Servants Hall, Closet, Old Well, Door, Cellar, Larder, (pencil) Oak Plank, (pencil), York Paving, (pencil) Pebble, Area, Strong Room, Wood Door, Iron Door, Porters Room, Door plated with / Iron, Shutters Plated / with Iron (with pencil cancellation), Closet / with / 2 Drawers / & / Shelves, Stone Steps labelled 1 2 3, Lamps &c, Flap and Shelf
5 Liverpool, labelled: 4 Desks, Counter Wainscot Top (twice), 2 Desks (twice), Floor sound boarded with / Old Slates bedded in Mortar, Wainscot Framing, with Balusters, Books Rooom, Steps down to / Strong Room &c, Entrance to Dwelling House, Staircase, Agent's Room, Footman's Pantry, Closet with Folding / Doors, Shelves & Drawers 4, Shelf, Sink / lead, Table (twice), Bed (sic), Closet for / Dirty dishes &c, Dresser, Stone Sink, Dresser with 4 Drawers / Shelves to Ceiling, Deal / Table, Hot Plate, Housekeeper's Room, Closet with / 3 Shelves, Sink, Deal Closets with Folding Doors / at 7 ft high, Closet, Table, Gas Lamps, Steps added by Mr Turner's request, Yard, Area, Steps down to (?) Patent Room, Staircase, (pencil) Bars put to / this window / by Mr Turner (three times) and See his letter of 2d March 1829
6 a.a. Deal Closets, with Folding / Doors in 2 heights & Pegs for / hanging things and (pencil) Old Door (11 times)
7 Dining Room, Drawing Room, Landing, Lobby, Stone Landing, Staircase, Sink / Lead, House maids / Closet, China Closet &c, Floor sound boarded, Shelves 3 in height (twice), Deal / case of 6 Drawers / with Brass / Handles, Housekeeper, Housemaid and some feint pencil additions: No Door, Old Door (twice) and Bath Room, Bath fitted up / by Mr Turner
Signed and dated
- Drawing 5 has a reference 'See his letter of 2d March 1829'
Medium and dimensions
(4) Pen, pencil, pink, warm sepia, blue and burnt umber washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (645 x 512) (5) pen, pencil, pink, warm sepia and burnt umber washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (645 x 519) (6) pen, pencil, warm sepia, pink and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (515 x 634) (7) pen, pencil, pink, warm sepia and burnt umber washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (512 x 641)
4-7 George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil and assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)
The basement floor (drawing 4) was extensively altered and added to so that the existing basement to the house held the strong room, porters room, lamp room, coal cellar and other cellars including a generous wine cellar. The outbuildings (to the left) were demolished and replaced on the same diagonal boundary line by domestic offices including servants hall, larder and pantry. One large window with a wall behind it was permitted and three meagre windows with iron bars and shutters were provided in the old part of the basement. Security was reinforced with two pairs of iron gates and a new water supply was laid. On the ground floor (drawing 5) the bank took up most of the space, with an entrance in the centre of the five-bay front. The front door to the house was put on the left-hand side, the original stair with quarter-landings and curtail step was kept and the agent's room was at the back of the old house . A comparison of this ground floor plan with another of 1832 (drawing 12 ) shows that these proposals were carried out. There are two plans for the first floor, drawing 6 shows the addition of partition walls only to the existing house while drawing 7 includes the additions to the rear.
Drawing 5 has a label 'Floor sound boarded with / Old Slates bedded in Mortar'. The Dictionary of architecture, published in parts 1848-1892 (W. Papworth, editor for the Architectural Publication Society), has an entry for sound-proof construction that mentions chopped hay and straw pugging, dried moss and 'dry lime rubbish', lime and hair, cockle-shells, cork chippings or shavings, as well as 'floor tiles made from 1825 to supersede boarding that were laid upon feather-edged fillets pointed and bedded with hair mortar'. Of slate, the article has only 'Thin slate has been used'.
Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation