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image SM volume 66/46

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SM volume 66/46


[1] Design for plan of basement floor


Plan of the Basement Floor


to a scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, rooms labelled: The Passage to the Kitchen and other Offices, Butler's / Room, Confectionary, Steward's Room, Working Room, Lobby, Cellar, Court, Wine Cellar, Store Room, Maid Servant / and / Still Room, Housekeeper's / Room and Servants Hall, dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 0/6/1794
    John Soane Archt / June 1794

Medium and dimensions

Black pen, black and blue washes with quadruple ruled and wash border on wove paper (700 x 490) on page 46 of volume 66


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


The plan for the sub-basement was one of a set of four plans (for the basement, hall, principal and chamber floor) together with two mezzanine plans; there is no plan for the attic floor. The kitchen, laundry and other domestic offices are not shown and presumably it was intended to re-use the existing buildings. Except for the wine cellar, the rooms of the basement are all groin-vaulted.



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