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Reference number

SM 6/2/12


[4] Copy of alternative designs for ground floor 'No.1'


Ground floor plan>


bar scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Ground Floor, Bagden House with the proposed Alterations, No1, The Earl Of Ailesbury, Copies of the drawings, sent to / Lord Ailesbury, June 18th 1795, Plan of the Ground Floor labelled: The / Drawing Room, The / Eating Room, A A, Library, Housekeeper's / Room, Closet, Lord Bruce's / Dressing Room, Water / Closet, Butler, The Servants Hall, Washouse & Landry (sic), Larder, Pantry,The Old Parts are tinted with Indian Ink / the new buildings and alterations are shewn / by the red Color/ If the end Views are desired the Chimneys / may be placed at A A and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 10/6/1795
    Copy June 10th 1795

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red, black and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (514 x 667, flier 146 x 221)


The office Day Book entry for 10 June 1795 has Meyer, Jeans, Seward and Good 'About plan of Alterations' for the 'Earl of Ailesbury'. These were four of the five pupils then serving their articles with Soane. (See introductory notes for full names and dates)


See notes under [2] Alternative designs for ground floor 'No.1' ( SM 6/2/14)



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