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SM 6/1/14


[13] Presentation drawing of the first floor, with later alterations to include an east secondary staircase and top-lighting, 5 August 1791


Plan of part of the Chamber Floor; rough plan of a round-ended principal stairwell with a geometric staircase; part plan; and section showing a south chimney flue on two storeys


to a scale


as above, The Earl of Hardwicke, Wimpole, plan lettered A to G corresponding to key (Soane): B To be left as a door that hereafter a Closet / may be made over the Arch as large / as possible. // C This Chimney must be placed so as to have / the funnel brought into the funnel / originally intended for it and which / is continued over the great Arch if it / cannot be done by making it in the / middle of the Room it must be made / nearer to D or even an Angle Chimney, EE present Windows // F No alterations of any kind / to be made in these Rooms / until I have been at Wimple // Every part of this staircase with / every passage &c connected with / the Attic Story to be particularly / attended to and forwarded with / all possible dispatch as the family / will be soon at Wimple do not / let a moment be lost in making / it complete and also the library / and Housekeepers Room, In the plan of the Hall floor / which was sent per last / nights post there was a chimney drawn at A in the / Drawing Room it is a / Mistake, therefore you will / not follow it, plan labelled (Soane): This Staircase / to be lighted / from a Skylight, Gallery, door, door, door, Cistern, risers numbered 1 to 22, Skylight, door, Servant / Cha[mber], Dressing Room, Powder / Closet, Query / a water closet, These partitions / to be taken / away, Closet, Closet, 2 rev:(?), Landing, See Provis plan, water clos[et] (twice), Court, Jib door, Qy alcove / omit alcoves in fair / drawing / Decr 16 1791, (pencil) Ladies Dress[ing room], Chamb[er], Water Closet, (?)4 piers, Powder / Closet to / Chamber / P, (?)wad, closet / for wa(ter?), Recess for (?), P, Qy (three times), in margins (pencil): Haym(?), Smith / Mer--- / Br----- ; (verso) Wimple / Plan of the Chamber Floor

Signed and dated

  • 5 August 1791
    Copy Augst 5 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash, brown pen, pencil, within single-ruled wash border on laid paper with three fold marks (713 x 508)


Thomas Chawner (1774 - 1851), draughtsman
Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-1794) and Soane
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-1794) and Soane


C. Woodward, 'Dancing Soane: the Yellow Drawing Room at Wimpole Hall', Apollo, April 1999, pp. 9-10.



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