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SM 2/8/5


[7] Design for attic floor


Plan of the Attics & / rooms in the Roof


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


as above, No 4, Robert Donnistoun, labelled Childrens play room, Closet (3 times), Lead flat / & Cistern, Chamber, Lumber Room, The Childrens Bed room

Signed and dated

  • 24/12/1798
    Copy December 24th 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red, blue and grey washes, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper (485 x 616)


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


The plan of the attic floor shows only two windows (two feet wide by 4 feet high) on the west side. The light blue wash indicates lead, used for the two feet wide 'gutters' and for the area labelled 'Lead flat / Cistern'. An oval-shaped skylight in the lead 'flat' gives top lighting. The partitions in the 'Childrens play room' may have have been sleeping cubicles. The Dennistouns had fourteen children and they would not all have fitted into the 'The Childrens Bed room'.



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