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SM (22) 50/5/5 (23) 50/5/6


Design for a back stair (2)


22 Part plans of Basement and Ground Floor 23 Part plans of One Pair floor, Two Pair floor and Attics


(22, 23) to a scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


22 as above, rooms labelled: Housekeeper (twice), Office Porters' / Kitchen, Office Messengers' / Kitchen; Waiting / room, Foreign Ministers / Room, Hall and a few dimensions given 23 as above, rooms labelled: Mr Bankhead, Lord Howard, Cabinet / room; Housekeeper, Printing room, Mr Rolleston; Office Keeper, Bookbinder's room

Medium and dimensions

(22, 23) Pen, sepia and pink washes on wove paper (444 x 264, 446 x 270)


Charles James Richardson (1809-1872, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)


(23) J Whatman Turkey Mill


The five-storey, dog-leg, back stair links, for example, the 'Foreign Ministers Room' on the ground floor and the 'Cabinet Room' on the first floor as well as the 'Printing Room', 'Bookbinder's Room', 'Housekeeper' and various offices. It is located left of centre on the west side and does not appear on other plans.



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