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SM 28/6/22


[30] Record copy of working drawing for the staircase, 20 February 1790


Plan, wall elevations and details of mouldings (verso, pencil) incomplete full size details of mouldings


bar scale of 1/5 inch to one foot approximately


Torus skirting to the whole of the / Staircase the same as in the Hall, The spaces over the several doors are / to be left so that sashes may hereafter / be put in if the Rooms should be / found too cold, plan labelled Great Staircase, B (four times) C (twice), The Plaisterer is desired to observe that altho' / the part B is round the whole of the Ceiling / is to be flat and not have spherical / spandrils as in the Hall all which will / appear clear on careful inspection of the / drawings, All the door recesses to be finished with / Angle beads wood as far as the top / of the Architrave and then in Plaister / the parts between the Angle Beads / and the Backs of the Architraves are / to be of deal, These doors are to correspond in every respect / with the doors on their respective stories / and to have the same Architraves. NB / the doors are to be set in found Inch reveals, details labelled Cornice to Staircase, Circular B, C, Wall line and Front of the Landing A / half the full size, To correspond with / the top Step; (verso, pencil) level of landing Best floor, To correspond with the / top step and Soffite of landing,

Signed and dated

  • 20 February 1790
    Copy Feb. 20th 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia washes on laid paper, partly pricked for transfer on laid paper (645 x 528)


Sanders, John (1768--1826), draughtsman
John Sanders (pupil 1 September 1784-90)



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