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  • image SM volume 59/141

Reference number

SM volume 59/141


[23] Record (perspectival) drawing of design for the entrance hall


View of the Hall


as above, Robert Knight Esqre and (feint pencil) Mr Knight Grosvenor Sq

Signed and dated

  • 09/10/1802
    Lincolns Inn Fields 9 Octr 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, burnt umber, blue and green washes, shaded with multi-ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper, attached to page 141 of volume 59


The office Day Book has an entry for 9 October 1802 - Robert Knight Esqr / About drawing of Hall / Seward, that is, that is, Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848), pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808


The perspective of the entrance hall is based on plans [21-22]. The view is from inside the hall looking outwards through the double doors and with a glimpse of Grosvenor Square garden. The ceiling has a Greek fret design and from its centre hangs a large gas lamp. On the right is a chimney-piece flanked by panelled closets. The Ionic colums are re-used from the old library and the finishing touch is given by two Greek Revival X-shaped stools.



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