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Reference number

SM 6/4/9


[46] Working drawing for housekeeper's room


Plan, front elevation and side elevation


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


W.R.Cartwright Esqr, House Keepers Room, BB CC DD E, , (pencil) Old Columns, Base & Capitall and (pen) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 15/05/1800
    Lincolns Inn Fields May 15 1800
  • 15/05/18--
    Lincolns inn Fields May 15.1800

Medium and dimensions

Pen, light red and sepia washes, pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper (553 x 672)


Attributed to Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808.


The BB,CC,DD and E refers to mouldings similarly labelled thus on drawing [47]. The pencil note 'Old Columns, Base & Capital' indicates that Soane re-used existing parts.
Earlier drawings ([20, 22, 25]) show the arch leading to a court in the offices wing; drawing [35] has the arch fronting the butler's pantry.This design shows that the housekeeper was fortunate to have such a large room, double height and 21 feet 1 ½ inches wide, with a good-sized chimney-piece and a large arched window.



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