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SM volume 60/108


[67] Drawing of cloister, 8 November 1804


Interior perspctive


The Lord Eliot, View of the Cloisters

Signed and dated

  • 08/11/1804
    Novr 8th 1804

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and blue washes with double ruled and sepia wash border on laid paper (235 x 308)


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


It is difficult to explain the purpose of this drawing since it not clear whether is it 'of' or 'for' a cloister; the term 'view' suggests that it is a topographical drawing.

Survey drawing [20] iis labelled 'Elevation of the Cloister' and ' Elevation of Each End of the Cloister' but seems not to relate to the drawing catalogued here.

Humphry Repton, who produced a Red Book for Port Eliot in 1792, argued for the house to be linked to the abbey by a cloister. A suggestion that Soane did not take up.

The survey plan of the basement to the house (drawing [48]) has a large area shown as vaulted and with three windows. It is shown as made up of four rooms labelled: Kitchen, Scullery, Cooks Room.



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