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SM 2/7A/5


[18] Working drawing for plan of ground floor


Plan of the Ground Floor


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, Lancelot Austwick Esqre, F, G, rooms labelled: Parlor, Office, Pantry, Store Closet and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 00/05/1796
    Copy Lincolns Inn Fields May / 1796

Medium and dimensions

Pen, burnt umber, sepia and yellow washes on thin wove paper, modern repair (564 x 325)


Soane office


Dated May 1796 this plan follows other earlier drawings [1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14] for the ground floor and may represent the final design. In fact it corresponds with undated drawing [14]. The through passageway on the right-hand side that is for loading and offloading pipes of wine has been retained. The door is matched by a false door on the opposite side and there is now a central entrance door with two steps and with a window on either side that lights the Parlour and the Office. To the three-windowed back is a Pantry, Store Closet and (right-hand side) an open newel stair with convenient access (via a side door) to the basement wine cellar as well as to the upper floors. See also verso of drawing [21] for first floor plan. For a plan of the attic floor see drawing [25] verso.



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