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SM 6/3/3


[9] Design for plan of alterations and additions to the ground floor rooms of the house


Ground floor plan


bar scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot


Earl Poullet, Design for the proposed alterations at Hinton St George, rooms labelled: Book Room, Drawing Room, The Hall, Eating Room, Billiard Room, Saloon, Library, Map Room, Chamber, Ladys Dressing / Room, Powderg Closet and Winter Dining Room

Signed and dated

  • 15/10/1796
    Copy taken to Her Ladyship by Mr Soane October 15 1796
    Soane's office Day Book for 15 October 1796 has an entry: 'Mr Soane took to his lordship / No. 4 drawings of Alterations to / House on 4 ½ sheets of copy / Paper viz. two Plans / One Elevation & / one section

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash on coarse wove paper, partly pricked for transfer and with two crease marks (539 x 654)


Thomas Jeans (c.1775 -1866), pupil August 1792-25 August 1797


A comparison with the survey drawing of the 'principal' floor [4] shows that the octagonal Hall is to become a Library and a new entrance on a segmental plan with four columns is planned for the centre of the south elevation of the house. The Saloon has a new ceiling and alcoves in the four corners, Queen Ann's Closet and the adjacent room are now the Billiard Room, Queen Ann's Bedroom and the Yellow Room become the new Eating Room and a Drawing Room is made out of two rooms in the south-west corner. Interestingly the new Library is linked on either side to a new Map Room and new Book Room. This drawing was shown by Soane to Lady Poullet who, in the earlier survey drawing [4] has a room labelled 'Her Ladyship's Book Room' which might suggest that she was perhaps a blue stocking. On the west side of the house seven (sic) columns are hatched in across the octagonal Hall now a Library. Drawings [11], [12],[13] and [16] have a four column in antis loggia replacing the old octagon. The new Hall is shown with four columns supporting a vaulted ceiling and the new Saloon with a domed ceiling (see note to [10].



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