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SM 30/3/13


[50] Survey drawing with added design, 8 November 1806


The Plan of the Ground Floor


bar scale of 3/16 inch to 1 foot (53) bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled Eating Room, Housekeepers Room, Parlor (twice), Dressing Room, Butlers Pantry, Strong Closet, Kitchen, Entrance, Larder, Parlor and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 8 November 1806
    Mr Soane. Ealing, Novr 8 1806

Medium and dimensions

Pen and black wash, within a six-ruled grey and black border, on wove paper (521 x 727)


Probably Francis Edwards (1784 - 1857), draughtsman
The Soane office Day Book for 8 November 1806 has George Bailey in his first year of pupilage as working on 'plan and elevation of Ealing' but it is unlikely that at this early stage in his career he could have produced a finished plan with its neatly printed title and labels; it was more likely drawn by Francis Edwards (1784-1857, improver July 1806-October 1810) for whom there is an entry in the Day Book for 7 November 1806.


J Ruse 1805


J. Lever, Catalogue of the drawings of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825) and of George Dance the Elder (1695-1768) from the collection of Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2003, catalogue 68, pp.214-6



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