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image SM volume 66/53

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SM volume 66/53


[8] Variant design for plan of ground floor


Plan of the Hall Floor


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, 1, rooms labelled: The Hall, Dressing Room, The Library, Wardrobe, Passage, Wardrobe, Recess / for/ Porter's Bed, Water / Closet, Lobby , The Common / Staircase, Court, Housemaids Closet, The / Principal / Staircase, Lobby, The Top Table, The Eating Room and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 24/06/1794
    John Soane June 24th 1794

Medium and dimensions

Black pen and wash with quadruple ruled and wash border on wove paper (700 x 49-) on page 53 of volume 66


attributed to Frederick Meyer (1774 - ?), pupil April 1791-1796


The earlier drawing [2] shows more of the decorative details for ceilings than does drawing [8]. This later drawing shows the eating room with a semicircular side table more emphatic than in [2] and outside is an extra lobby with dome and lantern. Another flanks the main stair and secondary stair in both designs. Externally, the portico of drawing [2] has given way to a more modest one on a semicrcular plan on drawing [8]..



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