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image SM 4/5/18

Reference number

SM 4/5/18

Purpose

[31] Design for alterations to the chamber floor of the house, 9 February 1802

Aspect

Part plan of the chamber floor

Inscribed

Samuel Thornton Esqre, Albury Park / Chamber Floor, and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 9 February 1802
    L.I.F. / Feb 9 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (342 x 570)

Hand

Soane Office

Notes

This drawing for part of the chamber floor can be compared to an earlier survey (drawing [8]). The new design includes two bedrooms in the right hand side (east) of the house, one of which has two curved partitions screening off a passage and a closet. There are new chimneypieces in two of the rooms and a passage connecting a new corridor with the southern part of the house, which is not shown in the drawing.

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Drawing

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