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Reference number

SM 39/1/76

Purpose

[3] Design No.3 & 4 for alterations

Aspect

The Plan of the Ground Floor / with the proposed Alterations and The Plan of the One Pair Floor / with the proposed Alterations (verso) Plan of the One Pair Floor to a larger scale

Scale

bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot (verso) bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, Design No.4 & 4, Samuel Thornton Esqr, labelled: The Hall, Eating Room, Best Stair case, Breakfast / Room, (flap) Best Stair case No.4 June 21st, Ante Room, Drawing Room, Lobby, Bed Chamber (flap) Best Stair case No. 4

Signed and dated

Copy Lincolns Inn Fields June 20 1799 (verso) Copy June 13th 1799

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper (676 x 550 with two flaps each 105 x 117) (verso) pen, sepia wash, pencil

Hand

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

Notes

The basic drawing (design 3) was made on 20 June and the flaps (design 4) added on 21 June. Design 3 offers the same semicircular plan for the staircasebut essentially with a choice of one flight or two flights of stairs. Design 4 offers the same choice but with a staircase in the form of an open well. Another variation is the plan of the entry to the stairs. See also drawing [4] for a fully drawn out design No.4.

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