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SM 2/7A/16


[14] Revised plans for ground and first floors (as [13])


Plan of the Ground floor and Plan of the one Pair floor


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, Lancelot Austwick Esqre, rooms labelled Parlor, Office, Store/ Closet, Entrance for Pipes of Wine &c, drawing Room, Lobby (twice), Water / Closet and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen and light red wash on thin laid (secretary) paper (390 x 228)


The office Day Book entries for April and May 1796 name Good, Seward, Provis, May and Laing as making drawings for Mr Austwick. Here, the drawing is attributed to Henry Provis (1760 - 1830) clerk July 1791 - February 1802

Not named is Robert Smirke though he signs one drawing [8] and others are attributed to him ([2], [3], [5], [6], [7], [9], [10], [11]).




The revisions to design [13] include a false door on the left-hand side that corresponds with the door on the opposite side so that visual symmetry has been restored. Above, there are three windows to the first floor front flanked by a blind window or panel that in drawings [15] and [16] are shown as niches.



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