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image SM 5/1/33

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SM 5/1/33


[3] Design for basement plan


The Plan of the Basement Floor


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Strong Beer and Ale Celllar, Wine Cellar, Coals (twice), Small Beer Cellar, Laundry, Larder and Servants Hall

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Pen and red (with some yellowing) wash with multi-ruled and black and sepia washed border on laid paper with one fold mark (524 x 734)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. The Soane office Day Book for 26 June 1799 has an entry viz,' Mr Mansell / Drawing Plans of / the Basement Story / of intended Ho / Seward'.


J Whatman 1794 fleur de lis within crowned cartouche and below, ornate W


The (raised) basement is lit by two windows at the front, five at the back, four to the left and two to the right so that, for example, the laundry has five good-sized windows.



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