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  • image SM 34/2/21

Reference number

SM 34/2/21


[68] Working drawing for stair of ground floor with adjacent rooms


Plan of part of the Principal Floor / with Alterations


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


as above, The Lord Eliot / Port Eliot, labelled: Closet (3 times), South Vestibule, Lord Eliot's / Dressing Room, Chamber, A, Lobby, Water / Closet and Lady Eliot's / Dressing Room

Signed and dated

  • 14/03/1805
    Lincolns Inn Fields March 14th 1805

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer with triple ruled and black wash border on wove paper (673 x 455)


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


The stair is towards the eastern part of the house below the anteroom to the circular drawing room and next to the south-east eating room and Lady Eliot's dressing room on the south side; see, for example, drawing [63]. In form it has thirteen steps on a quarter-circle plan plus landing.



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