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SM 4/4/10


[2] Design for a new entrance front and rooms, 11 November 1800


Plan of the ground floor


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


G. W. Thelusson (sic) Esq, labelled: Porch, Drawing Room, Vestibule, Library, Books (3 times), Bookcase (twice), Bookcase for / folios / &c, Servants Hall, Clost (twice), House Keeper, Butler, Passage, Passage to the Offices, Mr Thelussons / Dressing / room, Lobby, Water / Closet, Lobby, Eating Room, Breakfast Room, Best Staircase

Signed and dated

  • 11 November 1800
    Nov 11 1800

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, light red and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (337 x 555)


Henry Hake Seward or Thomas Sword, with labels by Soane


In this design the Drawing Room, Entrance Hall (labelled as 'Vesitbule') and Library are enlarged and rebuilt - the Drawing Room with a curved wall and a repositioned chimneypiece, and the Library with bookcases on three walls - and a Porch is added to the entrance front. The Hall has a vaulted ceiling. In the servants' offices, the passage leading to further offices is widened.



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