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Reference number

SM 29/4A/3


[3] Design for a new house, two plans for ground floor, 24 June 1789


Two plans for ground floor (both as drawing 2 save for entrance) with (right-hand side) a flier with plan of chamber floor, alternative elevations for the entrance front, and elevation of the east front of the house with four bays of the re-modelled seven-bay service wing


bar scale of 1/15 inch to one foot


inscribed as drawing 2 (recto)

Signed and dated

  • 24 June 1789

Medium and dimensions

pen, sepia, light red and black washes, shaded on laid paper with one fold mark (471 x 596)


Thomas Chawner (1774 - 1851), draughtsman
Thomas Chawner (December 1788-1794)


J Whatman, fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate W


Drawing 3 offers an alternative design for the front. In each, the plan is the same as that of drawing 1 and the right-hand elevation is also the same as that of drawing 1. However, though the massing is the same, the left-hand elevation offers a pedimented portico in antis with, on either side, a two-storey, round-headed and recessed arch framing an upstairs and downstairs window.



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