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Reference number

SM 4/4/22


[2] Design for the ground floor, July 1801


Plan of the ground floor


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Mr Robins, Design for the Principal Floor of House at Norwood

Signed and dated

  • July 1801
    July 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, light red and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (557 x 676)


Henry Hake Seward or Thomas Sword


WL 1794


Drawings [1]-[3] are dated 'July 1801', but this was added later. These drawings show an early design for the house, with pencil alterations by Soane suggesting changes to the design that were later approved and executed.

This design for the ground floor shows that it has three principal rooms and two smaller rooms, and a narrow entrance hall with steps. A plan at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (DR1983:0859) shows that these rooms are (clockwise from bottom left) the Drawing Room, Store Closet, Eating Room, Mr Robins' Room and the Breakfast Room. There is a water closet on the half-landing of the staircase. Externally, the centre of the entrance front is recessed. The large room at the back of the house has a single, large window. In pencil to the right of the plan are rough drawings of planting, suggestive of the landscaping of the grounds.



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