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SM 5/1/23


[1] Initial design: ground floor plan by Soane


Plan of the ground floor with notes


bar scale of 3/16 inch to 1 foot


Mr Mansel, labelled: Drawing Room, Hall, Closet (twice), Justice Room, Wardrobe etc, Closet (twice), Dressing / Closet, The Library & Breakfast / room, Passage to Kitchen, Eating Room, Kitchen, Scullery, Pantry and some dimensions give. Note: It is proposed to save expence & to have / Offices under the Eating Room, Library & Drawing Room, & cellars under the / Justice Room & Dressing Closet. Second Note: The plan contains six chambers & three / Dressing Rooms, & also six Attics / In this plan both the Staircases are lighted with upright lights

Signed and dated

  • 07/06/199
    L. Inn Fields June 7 1799

Medium and dimensions

Pen and red (now mostly yellow) wash, pricked for transfer, with triple ruled and black and sepia washed brder, on laid paper with one fold mark (582 x 471)


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


J Larking fleur de lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR


Drawings [1] and [2] are for the ground floor of a house 54 feet wide and 64 feet deep. Subsequent designs [3-14] are for a house measuring 60 feet wide by 50 feet deep. Both schemes have the unconventional arrangement of placing the kitchen (with scullery and pantry) on the principal floor. Though next to the eating room the circulation is arranged so that food is brought along the 'Passage to Kitchen' past the entrance hall and then past the library/breakfast room.



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