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image SM (116) 56/2/14

Reference number

SM (116) 56/2/14


Design for the footman's pantry


116 Plan and three wall elevations


to a scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


labelled: Dresser & Drawers, Window, Door leading / to Kitchen, Passage, Deal framed Partition, Dresser & Drawers as / heretofore, Footmans Pantry, Lobby, Shelves for / draining / Bottles, ¾ beaded & tongued / linings and some dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen, raw umber and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (500 x 620)


Thomas Heath, clerk of works


At some stage after work had begun in 1830 it was decided to replace the servants' hall with a footman's pantry. No information about this room is therefore to be found in the Specification (drawing 56). The design on drawing 116 corresponds to alterations made in pencil to drawing 59. A second copy of the design for the footman's pantry is inexplicably to be found amongst the drawings for the Gloucester branch bank, (q.v. Gloucester branch bank, drawing 15).



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