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  • image SM volume 41/76 verso

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SM volume 41/76 verso


[1] Record drawing of a design for an addition, probably the drawing room, June 1786


Plan and two elevations of the probable new drawing room in relation to the existing building


bar scale of 1/12 inch to a foot


Richard Milles Esqre Nackington, The Foundations to be dug out / perfectly level in every part / The Foundations of the Walls of the new / Room are to be as low as the foundation / of the present House & to spread half a / brick each side as per Sketch / / B Here in the old Wall a recess formerly / a window, the middle of this recess / is to be the middle of the room // C The part left White between the old / wall and the new Wall is the projection / of the brick Plinth of the present house / and the new Wall is to be built entirely / independent of the old taking great / care that the new should not rest on / the old & the old Wall to be chased / & pargetted to receive the new Walls as at O O // All the Bricks are to be beaded entirely / in Mortar the Courses flushed & / groated (presumably 'grouted') & laths laid in all the Walls / every six courses // NB. The floor of the new Room is to be level with the floor of the old House // D This Window is to be in the middle of / the end Walk // E The Cills to the Windows are not to be / inverted untill the Roof is on// Lettered 'A A O B O E E E E D', labelled Present Dwelling House, and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Margaret Street June 1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, grey and light-pink washes, partly pricked for transfer, on laid paper (239 x 364)


John Sanders (pupil September 1784-90)




The plan shows the new single-storey drawing room addition with hipped roof. It is three bays (30 feet) wide and one bay (23 feet) deep, adjacent to the west side of the existing building and accessed internally through what was previously a window. The addition is astylar with a very simple cornice and frieze below the roof. The frieze is ornamented directly above each of the windows with a rectangular tablet each containing a bucranium flanked with swags.

SM archival material repeatedly refers to the 'new room' at Nackington, but does not specify that it was the drawing room (for example, SM Account Book 1781-86, p.152). However the windows of the new addition are 4'3" wide as is the 'Soffit of Window' in SM volume 57/1 which is entitled 'Drawg Room at Nackington' so it is probable that the new addition was the drawing room.


P. Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.176



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