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image SM volume 66/54

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SM volume 66/54


[9] Variant design for plan of first floor


Plan of the Principal Floor


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, 2, rooms labelled: Salient, Drawing Room, Drawing room, Room for Making Tea, Second / Staircase, Water Closet, Lobby (three times), The Landing / of / Principal / Staircase, Corridor, Water Closet, Lobby, Dressing Room, Chamber, The Music Room, The Organ and dimensions given .

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Black pen and washs with quadruple ruled and wash border on wove paper (700 x 490) on page 54 of volume 66


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


This drawing differs from the earlier drawing [4] in the substitution of plain square lobbies for domed ones on either side of the best stair. This has been given a more elaborate treatment in which niches have been introduced to the four walls and there are four instead of a pair of columns to the apse. The entrance to the bed chamber has a double-domed lobby. Externally the balcony has given away to a 'salient' that runs the width of the building.



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