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SM 4/5/19


[38] Alternative design for alterations to the chamber floor, c.February 1802


Plan of the Chamber Floor of the House at Albury Park / shewing the proposed Alterations


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, Samuel Thornton Esqre

Signed and dated

  • February 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper with one fold mark (604 x 486)


Soane Office


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


In this design for the chamber floor, the passage that provides access to the bedroom in the north-east corner of the house is straight, not curved as in the alternative design (q.v. drawings [31] and [39]).



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