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  • image SM 35/3/40

Reference number

SM 35/3/40


[11] Design 'No.1' for alterations and additions


Plan of the Principal Floor with proposed Alterations


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Design No 1, John Thomson Esqre, Copy Original, Sent by poist July 10th : 1804 / John Thompson Esq / West Lodge / nr Blandford / Dorsetshire - till Tuesday next / after that / Waverly Abbey / Farnham / Surrey, labelled Drawing Room, Saloon, Eating Room, Corridor(twice), Entrance / Hall, Back / Stair Case and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Copy / Lincolns Inn Fields / July 4th : 1804 and Copy - Original / Sent by Post July 10th : 1804

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on laid paper (388 x 490)


Soane office hand (no office Day Book)


For a plan of the house as Soane found it see drawing [22].
Here, a comparison with 'Design No 2' shows some variation in, for example, the treatment of the corridor with right-angle ends (No.2) or diagonal ends (No.1). An open-well stair has been removed in design No.2 otherwise all is very similar.



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