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SM 38/7/6


[18] Designs for plans of basement and second floors


Basement floor plan and second floor plan


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


(Soane) Duke of Leeds, rooms labelled by Brettingham's office (basement) Butlers room, Lobby, Stewards room, Bedroom, Butlers Pantry, Wine Cellar, Store room, Housekeepers room, Servants Hall and dimensions given (second floor) Bedroom (three times), Dressing room, Wardrobe, Servants room, Nursery, Closet, Servants room and dimensions given

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Pen, red and yellow washes with single ruled border, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper (329 x 542)


Office of Robert William Furze Brettingham (c.1750-1820)


The drawing has some amendments: the housekeeper's room was originally for the steward, and the steward's room was for the housekeeper, and the wine cellar is also labelled (in pencil) Store room. A comparison between the basement plan and that of the basement plan 'as built' ([13]) and allowing for the fact that the basement is of the house only (and not the extended domestic offices) the two plans are close though, for example, the entrance door is treated differently. A similar comparison between the second floor plan 'as built' [16] and the second floor plan catalogued here shows that the partitioning of the nursery and some of the bedrooms differs. So that, assuming the 'as built drawings' are accurate these drawing must represent an earlier design by Brettingham.



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