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image SM 40/3/8

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SM 40/3/8


[12] Plan of first floor with alternative alterations


Plan of the Drawing Room Floor with Alterations


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Robert Knight Esqr, Enlarge Door, a a to correspond, flat arch and some calculations

Signed and dated

(Copy) LIncolns Inn Fields June 26 1802 and June 25: 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, some pencil additions, sepa, light red and yellow washes, pricked for transfer (557 x 690)


Attributed to Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
No entry in the relevant Soane office Day Book but attributed to Henry Hake Seward, pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808.


The drawing room facing Grosvenor Square is left unchanged, that is, as on the survey plan (drawing [7]). The drawing room facing the garden is, as with earlier designs [8-11], full width instead of the two drawing rooms of Lady Pembroke's time. The design catalogued here has a large off-centre window (as in drawings [8,10 and 11]) which leaves a problem of asymmetry though not for drawing [9] which has two same-sized windows. Drawings [8,10 and 11] offer different solutions, none of them entirely satisfactory. Here a six foot strip in front of the chimney-piece is to have a flat arched ceiling, leaving an area about 24 by 22 feet fronted by a splayed window. The lobby has been re-arranged.



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