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image SM 40/3/13

Reference number

SM 40/3/13

Purpose

[4] Plan of ground floor with alterations

Aspect

Plan of the Ground Floor / with proposed alterations No 1

Scale

bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, Robert Knight Esqr, labelled Eating Room, Hall, Best stair case, Back Stair, Lobby, Dressing Room, Water Closet, Library and arch (twice)

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields / Octr2 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia and red washes, pricked for transfer on thin laid paper with one fold mark (692 x 567)
Pen, pencil, sepia and red washes, pricked for transfer on thin laid paper with one fold mark (692 x 567)

Hand

Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. The Soane office Day Book for 1 October 1802 has an entry -' Robert Knight Esqr / Drawing out fair Plans / Attending Works &c / Seward [and] ... Assisting in Drawing out Fair Plans / Seward'

Notes

This earliest of the drawings made for alterations for Mr Knight was made on 2 October 1801, presumably soon after Lady Pembroke had left. The proposals were for a new entrance to replace the existing two-column porch supporting a first floor bay window. The new entrance was to be three-sided and the extended library was to be re-shaped iinto an octagon with new windows to the south-facing garden. Space was found for a dressing room and water closet.

See also: London: No. 49 (formerly 44) Grosvenor Square, alterations for the Dowager Countess of Pembroke, 1797-9 : drawings [3] - [5]

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Drawing

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