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  • image SM 13/1/3

Reference number

SM 13/1/3


[9] Record drawing, made 1794 or after


Reduced copy of ground floor plan of SM 13/1/9 (competition design No. 7 with motto 'To your decree I bend')


1/27 in to 1 ft (approximately)


rooms labelled and dimensions given. To your decree I bend (competition motto)

Signed and dated

  • 1794 or after

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (525 x 740)


Soane office


J Whatman 1794 and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and W below



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