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  • image SM 30/2/86

Reference number

SM 30/2/86


[102] Working drawing for the servants' hall in the basement, 30 November 1790


Plan and laid out elevations of the Servants hall; detail of architrave to / windw & door; (verso) unidentified ground plan


to a scale


as above, Mason // Floor - Yorkshire paving to be laid / on bricks // Chimney piece an old one from Brooks / Hill of Portland stone // NB The Portland slab belonging to this / chimney piece not to be used here, Battened, 3'4", 3'6", Plaisterer // Walls to be floated - bastard stucco / common (?) LP set cieling, 16'9", 28'6", Plaister, d only square break, plaister, Battened, Joiner // woodwork to be good yellow deal // jamb linings to door of closet to be the depth / of the recess // WlDl B Butt framing under the windw / d[itt]o square skirting 8½ wide // Two in ¼ pannel B Butt & square doors // Cistern in window in the clear when / finished 1'6" long / 1'3" wide / 1'0" deep // 1½ 2 pannel B B front shutters / WlDl clamped back flaps // Battening ¾ thick; (verso) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 30 November 1790
    Copy Novr 30 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen on laid paper (572 x 667)


Clerk 1788-91 Robert Woodgate, draughtsman
Robert Woodgate (clerk 1788-1791)


The verso of drawing 102 has an unidentified ground plan showing an arrangement of buildings on a triangular plot containing a narrow building, a small outbuilding containing two ovens, and a staircase beside a curving screen wall.



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