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SM vol. 67/13


[42] Design for new offices and alterations to the ground floor, c.April 1802


Plan of the Offices at Albury with elevation of the larder or dairy


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


as above, Samuel Thornton Esq, labelled (pencil): Descend, Butler, Servants / Hall

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes on laid paper, bound into volume (354 x 573)


Soane Office


Although undated, this design includes the curved lobby between the house and offices that was incorporated into the plans in April 1802 (q.v. drawings [40-41]).



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