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  • image SM 5/1/16

Reference number

SM 5/1/16


[2] Design for alterations and additions to the ground floor, 1798


Plan of the ground floor


bar scale of 3/16 inch to 1 foot


Mr Biscoe, Sketch of a Design for the proposed Alterations and Additions, labelled: Entrance Hall, Staircase, Passage to Offices, Drawing Room, Ante / Room, Eating Room

Signed and dated

  • 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with three fold marks (340 x 553)


Soane Office


In this design the new additions are shallower but wider than in the previous design (drawing [1]). Between the Drawing Room and the Eating Room is an Ante Room with an apsidal end with niches. It is on enfilade with the Entrance Hall and separated from that space by a lobby with a groin vault. At the entrance to the lobby are two sets of paired columns. Soane has opted for large windows in the new rooms - these appear to be set between pilasters on the exterior.



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