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Reference number

SM 3/5/6


[40] Presentation drawing of a variant design for the house, December 1793


Plan of the Mezzanine Floor


bar scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot


(some upper case) as above, William Praed Esqr, Best staircase, Nursery Apartment / 26'0"3/4 by 18'3", Closet (twice), Lobby (twice), arch, Nursery apartment, arched / recess, Nursery apartment / 19'11"¼ by 17'4"½, Chamber / 13'1"½ by 10'11"¼, Closet, Upper part of / vestibule, Upper part of / withdrawing room, Upper part / of library and / breakfast room, Upper part of / eating room

Signed and dated

  • December 1793
    Great Scotland Yard Decr 1793

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey and black washes, within quadruple-ruled black and pink wash border on laid paper (705 x 487)


Soane office


J Whatman and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and ornate W below


K. R. Fairclough, ‘Praed, William Mackworth (1747–1833)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed April 2012.



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