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SM 28/6/23


[29] Record copy of working drawing for the staircase, 18 December 1789


Ground floor plan of Best Staircase, Lobby, Covered Way and Necessary, Section from A to B and Section from C to D


bar scale of 1/3 inch to one foot


as above, section A-B labelled Level of Principal floor, Level of Kitchen, Rough Arch (twice), louvre boarding, section C-D labelled level of servants hall and a (both sections) b (twice) c (twice), a. have a hole here to / communicate with / the Air flue 9 in: long / and 3 in: wide, b. leave a hole here / behind the Skirting / every other brick in / length and one brick / in height / c. this plate on which / the rafters of the / leanto rest is to be / fastened to the wall / with spikes and holdfasts / but not plugged; plan labelled The door to be / hung here, this door / must be in / the middle / of the g------ (illegible) / space, d. This Air flue is to communicate with / the pipe but it will be as well for no water / to be brought down the said pipe, A B C, some dimensions given and Robert Fellowes Esq:re (Bailey) Shottisham

Signed and dated

  • 18 December 1789
    Copy Decr 18th 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, very light red and yellow washes, partly pricked for transfer on laid paper (650 x 529)


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



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