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Reference number

SM 4/4/19


[5] Copy of an alternative design for the ground floor, 8 July 1801


Plan of the Principal Floor


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


as above, Mr Robins and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 8 July 1801
    (Copy) Lincolns Inn Fields July 8th 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, light red and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (558 x 673)


Thomas Sword
Pupil January 1799 - 1804.


WL 1794


Drawings [4]-[6] include the pencil alterations added to drawings [1]-[3].

The layout in this drawing is the same as in drawing [2]. The main differences are in the entrance front, which now has a central portico, with the walls on either side projecting and containing recesses. The entrance leads to a vestibule with a cross vault (previously shown as a shallow dome) followed by five ascending steps and a square hall with a cross vault. The plan of the ground floor is very similar to that of Pitzhanger (P. Guillery, op. cit., p. 186).



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