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SM volume 42/42


[8] Design and working drawing for the secondary staircase, water closet and maid's closet in the west courtyard, April 1791


Ground floor plan; basement floor plan


1/8 in to 1 foot, approximately


ground floor plan labelled: flue, Water Clo:, Maids / Closet, do not make / this door / into the room / until directed, dimensions given, (pencil) Plan of part of Hall fl[oor], lettered A (twice), B (twice), C to E corresponding to key: A.B Leave an indent of 9 inches wide / at B.B. & then put the window / in the centers of the Spaces / between A.B & B.A, C.D. Observe the floors of these Closets / are six steps above the level of the / Hall floor, E.F the space between these letters / is (I believe 25 feet) take 12 feet for / the Staircase & 18 Inches the Wall / & then the remainder is to be divided / equally between the Water Closet & / Maids Closet, basement floor plan labelled Passage, Skylight, dimensions given and lettered K (twice), L corresponding to key: K.K. determine the situation of the door L; (verso) Wimpole / Plans of new Staircase

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen on laid paper with two fold marks (406 x 247)


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


post horn within a crowned cartouche and GR below



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