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SM 4/5/11


[36] Copy of an alternative design for alterations and additions to the ground floor, 11 February 1802


Sketch of the Ground Plan of alterations and improvements at / Albury Park on the Smaller Scheme


as above, Samuel Thornton Esqr, labelled: Portico, New Hall 24 x 18 / with Room / over or not, New Eating Room / 36ft by 24.0 form'd by / laying the Two / Parlors together, Drawing Room, Gallery laid open by glass / Doors to Greenhouse, Greenhouse 40 by 18 / besides Bow, Open to / Greenhouse, Breakfast Room or / Library 24 by 18 with / Room over or not, Books (4 times), The Steps of the / principal Stairs / mov'd to this place, Mr Thorntons / Room / 20.6 x 14.0, Mr / Thorntons / Dressing / Room / 20.6 x 11.0, House Keeper, Store Room, Butler, Passage to Kitchen Court, Kitchen / Court, Servants Hall / form'd out of / Butlers Room / and Larder, New / Back / Stairs, Kitchen, Laid open to Kitchen, New / Scullery

Signed and dated

  • 11 February 1802
    Copy / Lincolns Inn Fields, Feby 11th 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (243 x 302)


Soane Office


J Larking


This design shows several new additions and alterations to the house, including an entrance hall, Greenhouse and Breakfast Room, with a Portico to the east. The steps of the best staircase are moved to form a new open-newel staircase to the right of the Drawing Room.



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