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SM 2/8/3


[5] Design for ground floor


Plan of the Principal Floor


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


as above, No 2, No 2, Robert Dennistoun Esqre, rooms labelled Hall, Mr Dennistoun's room,Store Closet, Butler, Closet, Library, To be finished with / Steps &c, Withdrawing Room, Eating Room, Area 10 ft wide and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 24/12/1798
    Copy Decr 24 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red and grey washes, some pencil, pricked for transfer, on 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 [4] shows that the breakfast room has gone and in its place is a room for Mr Dennistoun and a store closet. The study is now the library and there is a drawing room at the rear with steps to the garden, and an eating room on the street side of the house. The house measures '49:7½' wide and '50:1½' deep excluding the area on the south side which is now shown with a five foot wide passage way to the rear and two single storey basement buildings.



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