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  • image SM 46/5/33

Reference number

SM 46/5/33


[2] Design No.1


Design No 1 for the ground floor


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, Ramsey Abbey, The Kitchen & other offices / & Chambers over / the same and labelled Hall, Porch, Cloister (twice), Lobby, Genn Dressing Room, Library, Eating Room, Drawing Room, Lobby, Water / Closet, The Principal Stair / Case

Signed and dated

  • 14/05/1804
    John Soane Archt Lin[colns] Inn Fields / May 14 1804

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash with quadruple ruled and sepia wash border, pricked for transfer on wove paper (686 x 484)


Soane office hand with note and some labels added by Soane


Allowing for the drawing being upside down, the layout compared with drawing [1] omits the western extension of an eating room so that the cloister runs the full length and beyond of the north side. Placed in the centre of the cloister is an entrance that gives on to the 'Principal Staircase'. The area that in drawing [1] contained the eating room is here shown as thickly planted with trees.



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