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Reference number

SM 4/3/1


[4] Design for alterations and additions to the offices for William Windham Esqr, December 1785


Plan for the Alterations of the offices of Earsham


bar scale of 1/9 inch to 1 foot


as above, existing rooms (outlined in black wash) labelled: Common Parlor, Housekeeper, Butlers pantry, Court, Court Yard, Passage to the Kitchen; new rooms (largely outlined in pink wash) labelled Servants Hall, Kitchen, Cooks Closet / and / Pantry, Meal Room, Bakehouse, Scullery, dressing Wigs / Cleaning Knives / Shoes &c, Water / Closet (twice), Drying Ground, Larder, Brewhouse, Tree and dimensions given Verso: addressed to Willm Windham Esqr / Earsham / Bungay / Suffolk (sic), One Piece of Paper, (?) 10p, rubber stamped -- (illegible) 1A and note Mr Gubbin /Carp[ente]r / Thames St[reet] Letter: Sir, / I delayed sending this plan until I had settled with / De Bruyn (who carried out chiaroscuro paintings, since gone) which after some difficulty I have this moment / done, his charges of £25:4s & £3.5.8 are in my opinion / extremely unreasonable & such as he was not intitled to / I therefore paid him £20- & took his receipt in full of / all & every demand on you, which I hope will meet your / approbation - // I have reduced this plan so as not to exceed the / weight allowed for a common Letter, & whatever else occurs / shall be sent by the Coach - // I hope you will never find me wanting in attention, but / studious to have the good opinion of my Employers / I am Sir / Your obliged & obed[ien]t Serv[an]t // J Soane / Margaret Street / Jan: 3 : 1785

Signed and dated

  • December 1785
    J Soane (letter on verso), (drawing) Decr 1785 (letter on verso) Jan: 3 : 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black, pink and sepia washes, pencil within double ruled and black wash border , red sealing wax on laid paper with three fold marks (407 x 295)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


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


P. Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.170; N.Pevsner and B.Wilson, Norfolk 2: north-west and south, 2nd ed., 1999, pp.315-16



Exhibition history

Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, 14 September 2013 - 24 February 2014

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