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SM 2/8/2


[3] Detailed design for basement floor


The Plan of the Basement Storey


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


No 1, Robert Dennistoun Esqre , No 1, A B, C D, labelled Coals, Ashes, Cleaning Shoes / Knives &c, Pump, Scullery, Sink, Copper, Servants Hall, Lobby, Kitchen, Fixt Sash, Dresser, Men Servts Chas, Beer Cellar, Laundry, Wine Cellar, Soap / Candles / &c, Larder, Laundry Maids &c, Housekeeper, Bed, Curtains, Closet 9 in:deep, Closet 1:6 deep, note (LHS) Wall of Mr Stirlings House makes / the fence wall to Mr D and dimensions given

Signed and dated

Copy Decr 24 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen and red wash, hatching, pricked for transfer on coarse wove paper (488 x 620)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. Entry in Soane office Day Book for above date.


A comparison with drawing [2] shows that the stair, kitchen and servants' hall remain in the same position,while other rooms have changed their location. The front entrance has gone and an area 14 feet :9¾ inches wide is shown on the left-hand side that allows for a through passage to the back as well as a coal cellar, scullery etc.



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