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image SM 51/2/8

Reference number

SM 51/2/8


Variant design for the basement, 24 September 1823


Plan of the basement


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 24 September 1823
    24th Sepr 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red pen, pencil, pink, blue and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (666 x 539)


Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835)
Pupil January 1818 - March 1824.


There are a few subtle differences between this design for the basement made in September and the previous design dated 26 August 1823 (SM 51/2/9). In the new design, the open-newel staircase to the south of the building is made narrower. The fenestration of the south front is changed and the south-west ante-room (beneath the Scala Regia) is altered to include two oval vestibules that provide access to the basement. The west wall of the old building (to the left of the drawing) is retained, whereas in the previous design it had been rebuilt along a more regular line.



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