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image SM volume 59/30

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SM volume 59/30


[16] Variant design for plan of basement in a Castle style


Plan of basement


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


David Scott Esqr, Plan of the Basement Floor, rooms labelled: Earth, Wine Cellar, Strong Beer / and / Ale Cellar, Passage (three times), Beer Cellar, Butler, Bed Room, Plate Closet, House Maids / Sleeping Room, Kitchen, Servants Hall, Closet for Bed, Store Closet, Housekeepers / Room, lobby, Closet (seven times) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 16/7/1795
    Copy Lincolns Inn Fields July 17th 1795

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black and sepia washes on laid paper (308 x 517) tipped into volume 59, page 30


The office Day Book has an entry for 16 July 1795 : 'David Scott Esqr /About fair drawings Meyer / Jeans / Seward / Good'. These were four of the five pupils then serving their articles with Soane. See general notes for full names and dates.


J Whatman fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR


This plan varies from the previous basement plan [15] so that on the left-hand side the servants hall has been reduced in size so as to accommodate a beer closet and a store closet and the store room has now been turned into two more closets. A blind window in [15] has been opened up in [16].



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