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SM (40) 82/1/6


Record drawing of a design similar to design 'No 2', 1829


40 Plans of the ground, first and attic floors and elevation of the north front


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 10 feet

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, raw umber, pink, yellow and blue washes, pricked for transfer with single ruled border on laid paper (282 x 257)


Soane office


W Weatherley 1829


The three plans on drawing 40 match those of Design 'No 2' (drawings 15-38). The position of the chimneys, however, is not the same, perhaps as a result of the instruction 'no fire places to be between the Windows where it can be avoided' (q.v. drawing 27). Presumably this was to do with fireproofing - perhaps because of the positions of the flues, or else because of draughts coming through the windows.



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