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SM volume 64/109


[56] Basement plan including drains and kitchen extension


Planof the Basement Story of / Ramsey Abbey with the single storey wing at the western end


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


as above, W.H.Fellowes Esqre, labelled Pump, Well (twice) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 09/10/1807
    Octr 9th 1807

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and blue washes, on laid paper (290 x 452)


James Adams (1785-1850, pupil May 1806- June 1809)?


fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate W


The drawings were made between 9 October and 16 November 1807 by the same office hand. During that period Soane had as pupils: George Bailey, George Underwood, Rob Chantrell, James Adams and Charles Malton as welll as an 'improver'- Francis Edwards, together with the assistant Henry Hake Seward. The drawings catalogued here could be by James Adams (1785-1850, pupil May 1806- June 1809) since the entry for 'Copying drawings into the book' appears over his name on the relevant pages of the office Day Book for October/November 1807. The point about this sort of copying by pupils was that they learned something about drawing and design and it also made a useful record of Soane's work that might, for example, be shown to future clients.



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