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  • image SM 6/4/5

Reference number

SM 6/4/5


[29] Survey of attic


Plan of the Attics of Aynho


to a scale


as above, W.R.Cartwright Esqre, North, South, (pencil) Make these / 2 Rooms into one , Lobby and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 00/00/1799

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pencil, pricked for transfer, on laid paper (347 x 525)


George Mansfield, surveyor 1 May 1797 - December 1800 (attributed to)


The lack of a red wash suggests that this drawing is a survey drawing rather than a design. The two stairs were perhaps to separate the men servants from the maids.



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