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  • image SM 28/1/9

Reference number

SM 28/1/9


[4] Alternative preliminary design, March-April 1784


No 3 (Baldwin) and (Bailey) Plan of the Principal Floor design No 3 showing a four-part, rectangular plan with a semicircular porch and the offices as blocks on either side and without courts; (verso) rough (feint pencil) plan for kitchen offices with the house also indicated, this having a transverse, stretched elliptical centre with the apsidal ends projecting front and back - the first indication of the final plan form and see also verso of drawing 7


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled (Baldwin) Porch, Vestibule, Closet, Eating Parlor, Drawing Room, Library, Stables & Coachhouse, (left-hand side) Kitchen Offices and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (added later by Bailey) 1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and black washes within black ruled and sepia wash border on laid paper (360 x 529)


BALDWIN, Robert (fl. 1762--1787), draughtsman
Drawings 1-8 have all been attributed to Robert Baldwin (fl. 1762-c.1804). The inscription of drawing 1 and the numbering of subsequent drawings are in his hand as are the room labels. Other drawings from Soane's early practice also attributed to Baldwin include drawings made for the dairy at Hammels Park, Blackfriars Bridge in Norwich and Letton Hall (q.q.q.v). All made in 1783-4 when Soane (who was without office help until he acquired his first pupil in September 1784) relied on ad hoc assistance from Baldwin. The rendered drawings (elevations) made for Saxlingham were evidently done in a hurry, lacking Baldwin's usual finesse but with his favoured green washes.


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and LVG below



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