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SM 89/6/4


[4] Rough notes


Rough notes by George Mansfield (partly illegible)


Lord Eliot / Down Ampney House / Estimate Masons work -- so as a Contract / might be entered into with Tradesmen / --- Statuary Chimney Piece with wood drops / vein'/d Slabs - one for the large room / one pair 6 for arches see Plan / The 4 other Chy: will be Veined Marble. / June 24 99 - Woolcot is to be paid by Mr Ward / but he is not to have any money / without an order from Mr Soane / if he should want any money / between this time & August, he is / to apply to Mr Pin----- / To carry up Piers within the frame of / Serv. room opposite brook Ground / floor - thus not splayed / (rough detail of New Pier, Sash, Back) with sound / free stone (verso) June 25 th 99 - Woolcott is to enquire if Papering / can be well done - ----- -- / The Drawing room one pair -- / to be paper'd or painted Grey / The Stable to be (?) peeled down (except / the back wall which ranges with / the Garden wall & about five / feet of the return walls to be / left the same height of the Garden wall //------- ----- for Painting walls / to the left at Mr Eliot's / Highworth To -- ---- whether the beeswax / is going on in a proper manner / but not to interfere too much / in the business there a Man / ------ ---- the Houses and settled / what is to be done to them / likewise to send --- the Quantity / so that an Estimate may be made

Signed and dated

  • 17/06/1799, 24/06/1799 and 25/06/1799
    June 17 99, June 24 99 and June 25 99

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid (secretary) paper with three folds (320 x 198)


Attributed to George Mansfield his notes (made between 17th and 25th of June 1799) cover chimney-pieces, payments, piers, papering, painting, stable, bees waxing and estimates.


Britannia with shield holding lance and olive branch within crowned oval


The notes were written on 17th, 24th and 25th of June 1799 by George Mansfield and covers



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