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SM volume 60/106


[66] Design for the north (back) front of the house




View of the additional Buildings at Port Eliot

Medium and dimensions

Pen, burnt umber and warm sepia washes with quadruple ruled and sepia wash border on laid paper (320 x 394)


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


The only image of the north front is the survey elevation (drawing [53]) which shows a three-storey asymetrical front with the principal entrance (to the house) towards the centre; there are large pitched roofs and plain windows. The new design crenellates the roof, adds a clock tower and turret-like chimneys and generally tidies things up.



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