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image SM volume 66/47

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SM volume 66/47


[2] Design for plan of ground floor


Plan of the Hall Floor / 17 feet high


to a scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, rooms labelled: Area (4 times), Portico, The Hall, Dressing Room, The Library, Books, Wardrobe, Passage, Recess / for / Porter's Bed, Water / Closet, The Common / Staircase, Court, The / Principal / Staircase, Closet / for / Records, Cistern, Closet, The Top Table, The Eating Room, Lobby, The Drawing Room, Area (twice) and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 21/06/1794
    John Soane Archt / June 21st 1794

Medium and dimensions

Pen , black, sepia and blue washes with quadruple ruled and wash border on wove paper (700 x 490) on page 47 of volume 66


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


The front to back dimension is marked as 93 feet 9 inches and the width as 59 feet 6 inches. The eating room is marked as 30 by 42 feet. The main stair is on a geometrical imperial plan, the secondary stair (half turn with landings) is flanked by lobbies (domed and with a circular lantern) that also appear in drawings [4] and [8] though differently located. The principal stair is described in the Survey of London volume as 'another of Soane's variations of Kent's master-piece at No. 44 Berkeley Square, and it rises with a straight central flight, then branches in curves left and right, to return in straight parallel flights to the principal-storey landing.'

Literature. F.H.W.Sheppard (general editor), Survey of London: the Parish of St James, Westminster, Part I: South of Piccadilly, volume XXIX, 1960, p.176



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