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image SM 40/3/4

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SM 40/3/4


[9] Plan of first floor with alternative alterations


Plan of the Drawing Room Floor / with proposed Alterations No 2 labelled No.2


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, Robert Knight Esqre, labelled Drawing Room, Anti Room, Best Stair case, Back Stairs, Drawing Room

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields Feby 26 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and red washes with multi-ruled and sepia wash border, on laid paper with one fold mark (562 x 448)


The office Day Book for 26 February 1802 has entries - ' Robert Knight Esqr / About drawings of / the proposed Alterations / in Charles Street / Seward', that is, Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848) pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808 [and] ' assisting Mr Seward with the / about Plans / Rolfe', that is, William Edward Rolfe, pupil November 1801 - 1804


The design for the (full width ) drawing room facing southwards to the garden is simpler than in drawing [8].

. The drawing room facing northwards to Grosvenor Square has the corners of the east wall rounded off and of the standard three windows to the front, one has been blocke- in leaving one new double width window.



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