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image SM 40/3/14

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SM 40/3/14


[3] Plan of basement with alterations as drawing [2]


Plan of the Basement with proposed Alterations


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Robert Knight Esqr, labelled: Kitchen, Cellar (3 times), Light from / under Stairs, Servants / Hall, Strong Room, Butler's / Bed, Butler, Housekeeper, Window

Signed and dated

Copy sent April 3 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia and red washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with old repair (670 x 564)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. The Soane office Day Book for Saturday 3 April 1802 has an entry - 'Robt Knight Esqre / drawing Plan of / Chamber Floor / Rolfe / Seward'. There is no mention of a basement plan.
William Edward Rolfe
Pupil November 1801 - 1804.


A copy of drawing [2] q.v. The back extension relied on a party wall to the left and an addition to the existing wall on the right.



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