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SM 46/5/26


[1] Sketch design


Sketch of a design for the alterations & additions to Ramsey Abbey


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


W.H.Williams Esqre, labelled Library, Drawg Room, Breakfastg / R[oom], Eating Room, Cloist[er] (twice), Clos[et] and Dressg / room

Signed and dated

  • 12/05/1804
    12 May 1804

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen, sepia and light red washes, pencil, double ruled border, pricked for transfe,r on wove paper (505 x 726)


Sir John Soane RA (1753 - 1837)
It is assumed that the brown pen additions are by Soane over a drawing by an office hand.


Soane, it seems, added the entrance porch, the stairs and (the hatched in) eating room as well as the room labels. There is some slight pencil drawing of a part elevation and of trees. Soane's entrance porch (to a later design) was placed on the north side of the house.



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