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SM 2/8/26


[2] Design for basement floor


The Plan of the Basement Story and (feint pencil) plan of offices on lefthand side


bar scale of ¼ inch to1 foot


as above, No 1, rooms labelled Servants Hall, Housekeeper, Wine Cellar, Staircase, Lobby, Closet, Closet, The Kitchen, Stoves, Laundry, Extends 57 feet 10½ and dimensions given with some (pencil) calculations

Signed and dated

Decr 17 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and red wash, pricked for transfer, with quadruple ruled and black wash border on laid paper (515 x 700)


Attributed to Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. Nothing in the Soane office Day Book for 17 December 1798.


I Taylor, fleur de lis within crowned cartouche and below, GR / 1794


There are windows at back (west) and front (east), a front and side entrance (both 3 feet 9 inches wide), and basically four large rooms, together with a cellar and lobby and a geometrical stair. Outlined in pencil is an area on the left-hand (south) side that runs from front to back and is almost fifteen feet wide.



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