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SM 5/1/30


[9] Design for first floor plan


The Plan of the Chamber Floor


bar scale o f1/3 inch to one foot


as above, Mr Mansel, rooms labelled: Chamber (7 times), Dressing Room, 2 Dressing Rooms, Closet (3 times), Powder Closet (3 times), Gallery (twice), Lobby and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 10/06/1799
    June 10: 1799 and Sep.6.1799

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red (with some yellowing) and sepia wash, pricked for transfer, with multi-ruled and black and sepia washed border on laid paper with one fold mark (524 x 730)


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


The chamber floor provided seven bedrooms, four dressing rooms, one powdering room, three closets and one powdering closet but no water closets. Mr Mansel seems to have had either a large family or many friends. The mention of 'Staircase to Attics' (drawing [11])' suggests attic bedrooms for the servants.



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