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SM volume 59/76


[64] Presentation drawing showing an alternative design for a second addition, Ground floor plan, 19 November 1789


Ground floor plan; south elevation of the hall; and rough plan of a geometric staircase, outbuilding added to the plan


bar scale of 1/14 inch to 1 foot


Tribune / 30 feet diamr, Eating Room / 30 by 29'3, Drawing Room / 50'0" by 30'0", Library / 30 by 24, Breakfast Room / 19'7½ by 24'0", Hall / 30'0" by 40'0", The Earl of Abercorn, (pencil, Soane) More room for pictures / More chars & attics / Water closets / Eatg room detached from Drawg room / a. is more of a (?)boundary / NB drawg room end wall is further / from Library / Retain the rooms below, Qy semicircle, range, offices be[hind], (feint pencil) d----- / qy ch[imne]y

Signed and dated

  • 19 November 1789
    Welbeck Street Novr 19th 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey and pink washes, pencil, within single-ruled and pink wash border on laid paper (469 x 296)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Attributed to Sanders, John (1768--1826) - Library - Catalogs, draughtsman
attributed to John Sanders (1768 - , pupil 1784-90)


sheet pasted down


Drawing 64 was probably sent to Lord Abercorn on 20 November 1789, as Soane's Journal No 1 notes that a fair drawing with a list of alterations was sent on that day. The plans show the tribune at the centre of the new wing and serving as a communication from the main house to the proposed drawing room and eating room. The hall is on a north-south axis on the south side of the wing, and the drawing room is to the south, with its five bays overlooking the rear of the house. Another addition is shown in pencil aligned with the drawing room and to the west, and a geometric stair is in the centre of the south elevation and leading to a balcony fronting the library.

The drawing has a pencil note in Soane's hand for further changes, including 'more room for pictures', more bedrooms and attics and water closets. The note queries the communication between the eating room and drawing room, as well as the door on the east front.



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