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SM 4/5/23


[10] Rough design for new offices and alterations to the ground floor of the house, 3 January 1802


Plan of the ground floor


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Samuel Thornton Esqre, Sketch of Design for the Alterations and Additions to the House at Albury Park 1802 (sic), labelled (in Soane's hand): Drawing Room, Eating Room, Vestibule, Porch, Best Staircase, Library, Dressing / room, Butler, ----- (illegible), Lob[by], Servts Hall, HKeep, Area, Kitchen, Larder, Scullery, Bakehouse, Office Court, Washouse, Washouse, Coals, (?)Laundry, Bakeho, Wood, Brew

Signed and dated

  • 3 January 1802
    Jan 3 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer within single ruled border on laid paper (480 x 594)


Soane Office, with inscriptions and alterations by Soane


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


This rough design shows the new outbuildings including a Kitchen, Bake House and Wash House, set around an 'Office Court' and connected to the house by two passages. Alterations to the interior of the house include a Servants' Hall and Butler's room, as well as a new open-newel staircase. Within the main part of the house, Soane has added a domed ceiling to the vesitbule and plans to combine the two easternmost rooms into a single Drawing Room. A portico on a segmental plan has been added to the south front.



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