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SM 38/7/7


[19] Designs for plans of ground and first floors


Ground floor plan and first floor plan


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


(Soane) Duke of Leeds Rooms labelled by Brettingham's office (ground floor) Hall, dressing room, Library, drawing room, Dining room, back Stairs and best Stairs and dimensions given (first floor) Drawing room, 2nd drawing room, Powdering room, dressing room, Bedroom, Closet and Maids room dimensions given and some feint pencil calculations

Medium and dimensions

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


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


The ground floor plan has rough pencil amendments to the hall which is enlarged and has two of the corners rounded off. Comparison with the survey drawing 'as built' [14] shows that this was executed which suggests that the design is an early one later amended. Pencil amendments to the first floor plan include added partitions for the closet and maids' room. The drawing room is also labelled (in pencil) Music Room. A comparison with drawing [15] shows, for example, a four-column screen on the landing that was not carried out.



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