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image SM volume 62/56

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SM volume 62/56


[10] Record copies of plans for the basement and ground floor


Plan of the Basement Story and The Plan of the Hall floor


bar scale of 1/17 inch to 1 foot


as above, Design for a Town / House, basement rooms labelled: Butler, CHECK, Court, House Keeper, Servants Hall, Wine Cellar, Steward and Passage to Offices and (feint pencil) Basement ? 64 one cellar

Signed and dated

  • Smirke Octr 5 1796

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen and feint pencil inscriptions, red and sepia washes on thin laid paper (overall 220 x 357) sheets attached to each other by red sealing wax and with glue or paste at the corners to page 56 of volume 62


Robert Smirke (1780-1867), pupil May 1796-January 1797, Soane inscriptions


Copied from earlier drawings [1] and [2] as an exercise by Smirke when (briefly) a pupil. The inscriptions added by Soane preserves the anonymity of place and client.



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