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SM 6/4/27


[49] Working drawing for library, anti room and offices behind including the housekeeper's room


Plan titled Design for part of the (ground floor) Additions to Aynho and (verso) west-east section as drawing [43] recto


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot (verso) as recto


as above, W.R.Cartwright Esqre, labelled Strong Closet, The Recess in Library, Vestibule, Library, Anti Room. Staircase, Plate Closet, Bed, Working Room, Butler, Dress., Still Room, Passage to Mr Cartwrights Room, Lobby, Fanlight / over / new door, The Housekeepers Room, Kitchen Court, Game Larder, Dry Larder, Wet Larder and dimensions given (verso) Passage, a few dimensions given (pencil) old offices, Door --- / Butlers / Room and Mr Cartwrights bedroom ,

Signed and dated

  • 00/00/1800

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red and sepia washes, partly pricked for transfer (697 x 565)


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


The plan for the housekeeper's room accords with drawing [46] and the library plan corresponds with that on drawing [48]. Next to the housekeeper's room, and with the only access, is the 'Still Room' probably a store room for preserves and the like rather than a distillery. Drawing [60] is a design for a brewery.



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