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Reference number

SM (13) 33/1/32


Presentation drawing of a variant design, 29 February 1792


13 Plan of the Attic Floor; rough longitudinal section and part-section of the stairwell, with lantern over the middle


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


(upper case) as above, The Marquiss of Buckingham, NB a Cistern in the Roof, plan labelled (upper case) Chamber (seven times), Nursery Apartments (twice), (red pen) Mar: 12: 1792 / There is a door which to remain, To remain in its present state, 6:0, (pencil) Qy (?)Flat, Pen[dentive], Lantern, and illegible feint pencil note in the upper right-hand corner

Signed and dated

  • Great Scotland Yard Feby 19th 1792 and (pencil) March 22 92

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash, pencil, within double-ruled and wash border on laid paper (486 x 710)


Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil December 1788-1794) and Frederick Meyer (1775-?, pupil April 1791-1796) and Soane


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


Aside from the corridor at the west end of the staircase, drawing 13 shows the executed design for the attic. Plans for the ground and first floors were probably also made on 29 February but lost.

This latest design includes a symmetrical front elevation on five bays. The central stairwell has a lozenge-shaped plan, with four recessed columns at each end. The bowed rear is the same as recent designs (drawings 9 to 12), having a shallow segmental form.

The inscriptions in red pen were probably added in March 1792, possibly upon Soane's meeting with the client; the inscriptions indicate a wall and door from the original building that are to be kept.



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