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image SM (50) 56/12/32

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SM (50) 56/12/32


Design for alterations to Mr Foster's premises, Queen Street, unexecuted, April 1828


50 Ground floor Plan of Premises in Queen Street belonging to Mr Foster


bar scale of ? inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Norwich, Court Yard, (pencil) Qy Door, Building, Agents / Private / Room / 11.6 by / 17.0, Door, Entrance / Lobby, Qy Parlor, Footmans Pantry / or Store Room, Passage to Offices Garden &c, Door, Kitchen, Yard, Brewhouse, Pantry, Porter, Desk (twice), Bank / 24.0 / by / 16.0, Counter, Iron door (twice), Books, Treasure, Garden, North, E[ast], W[est], Qy Cellars & if Vaulted / heights of Rooms

Signed and dated

  • L.I.F. [Lincoln's Inn Fields] / 16th April 1828

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia, potter's pink, blue and Naples yellow washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper with one fold mark (377 x 473)


George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)


J Whatman 1815, fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and below, ornate W


Proposed alterations to Mr Foster's premises (indicated by pink wash) include the conversion of the dining room into a banking hall, the relocation of the kitchen, the construction of a secure book room and treasure vault and substantial alterations to the entrance hall and kitchen to create an entrance lobby, footman's pantry and passage. Feint pencil lines show the previous configuration of the interior (see drawing 48).



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