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SM 6/2/8


[14] Amended design for ground floor


Ground floor plan section


bar scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot


The Earl of Ailesbury - Bagden House, Plan of the Ground Floor, Copy of these Three Drawings sent to / Lord Ailesbury June 19th 1795, rooms labelled: Library, Housekeeper, Butler, Servants Hall, Kitchen (and in Soane's hand) Hall / Chamber / Garret, Ground floor / & / Chamber / but / no Garret, A Therecan be no door here / as it is proposed to keep / the Floor above the level / of the Ground, which / rises from the front / and it is presumed / the landing of the the / staircase at B is / more eligible

Signed and dated

  • 19/6/1795
    Copy Lincolns Inn Fields June 19th 1795 (the 9 written over 7?)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red and sepia washes, partly pricked for transfer on coarse thin wove paper (555 x 334)


The office Day Book entry for 19 June 1795 has Meyer, Jeans and Seward as making drawings for the 'Earl of Ailesbury'. These were three of the five pupils then serving their articles with Soane. (See introductory notes for full names and dates). Some room labels were added by Soane.


It seems that these drawing were made in response to the pencilled requests on drawing [2] so that windows, doors and fireplaces in the drawing and eating rooms have been adjusted. The washouse and laundry of drawing [2] has been enlarged and now has a blind window instead of two regular windows.
The section shows the different floor levels of the four rooms on the left-hand side of the house. The levels of each of four room differ at base while the levels of the upper floors of the back rooms (without a garret) differ from those of the front rooms (with garrets). The note explains that: 'it is proposed to keep the Floor above the level of the Ground, which rises from the front'.



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