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SM 2/8/9


[1] Preliminary design for ground floor


Plan of ground floor


to a scale


Robert Dennistoun Esqre, labelled (in pencil) Sunk Area (twice), Eating Room, Vestibule, Library & Breakt / Parlour, Drawg Room / inclg the Bow, Store Room, Butlers Room, dimensions given and some feint pencil calculations

Signed and dated

  • 00/12/1798
    Decr 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on wove paper, pricked for transfer, with modern repair (433 x 623)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808.


This plan differs from later ground floor plans so that, for example, the bow to the west, is not repeated elsewhere, the stair is not central as here and there are two large front windows instead of the four of this drawing.



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