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image SM 4/5/30

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SM 4/5/30


[15] Design for new offices and alterations to the ground floor, 18 January 1802


Plan of the Ground Floor of the proposed Offices &c


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, Samuel Thornton Esqr, Albury Park, labelled: Mr Thorntons Room, Water Closet, Lobby, Staircase, descending / steps, Butlers / Working or Washing / Room, Pantry, Butlers / Room, Store / Room (twice), Housekeepers / Room, Passage (twice), Court (twice), Entrance, Servants Hall / 15.0 by 26.1½, Servants / Dressing Room / 10.0 by (sic), Scalding Room / 15.0 by 15.0, Dairy, Bake House / 15.0 by 16.6, Scullery / 15.0 by 15.0, Larder, Kitchen / 25.9 by 20.9

Signed and dated

  • 18 January 1802
    Lincolns Inn Fields Jany 18 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, light red and blue washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (473 x 595)


Soane Office


J Larking and fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR


This design is very similar to the rough one added by Soane to drawing [14] but the corners of the central block are not canted. Alterations to the interior of the west range include a new Butler's Room, Butler's Working Room and Pantry, and a new chimneypiece in the Housekeeper's Room. For the sake of privacy, two windows in the west wall of Mr Thornton's Room have been blocked up.



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