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  • image SM 30/2/25

Reference number

SM 30/2/25


[73] Working drawing for the new wing, Basement floor, 26 November 1789


Plan of the Basement Floor of Bentley Priory with the intended Additions; part sections of the walls; elevation of a window; part-plan of water pipes


bar scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Earl of Abercorn, lettered (Soane) A to I, T corresponding to key (Soane): A. In setting out the work let the line A be set back to B / that is with the back of the chimney projection, by which / the building will be so much less advanced into the lawn // D. The Center of the Circular dertermines the Center of / this window // E. This window retains its situation & the piers F,F are to / be of equal dimensions // G. Indents are to be left for the walls which are not to be built / until directed // Inverted arches / under all the / windows, to spring / 9 inches beyond / the reveal / as in this / sketch & worked / quite through / the walls. // The bottom of all the windows in this story / are to the be worked solid, H.H. These lines are to range / in front // I.I. d[itt]o // M. leave holes for drain // M. Leave (?)setts off upright with the wal[l] (sheet trimmed) / of the principal floor for the water P[ipes] (sheet trimmed) // G. Flue for the stove, to be / set out at 6 feet from the / floor, M, wall section labelled (Soane): The face of the this wall / is to be 4½ before / the face of the / wall above as / per sketch, principal floor, Basemt, wall section labelled (Soane): face of back of / chimney V which determines / the face of the new wall which / is to range with it, plan labelled (Soane and office): foundation to correspond with the new wing / A. in the center between B and C, a small / chy instead / of this window, Radius 19'7"3/4, leave a / door opp: / the / other, make this wall 1½ brick / thick, door to / correspond / with the other side, make this wall 1½ brick thick, Court (twice), dig out, Earth and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 26 November 1789
    Welbeck Street Novr 26th 1789

Medium and dimensions

pen and pink, grey and blue washes on laid paper (561 x 665)


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



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