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SM 34/2/24


[82] Early design for fitting out circular drawing room


Plan and laid out wall elevations (or sections) with full size details of mouldings


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot and full size


The Right Honble / The Lord Eliot, The Moldings of Door & shutters the / same as in the new Eating Room, Base Molding, Shutters, Boxing, C. full size, Line Finishing, Line of ---- ----, Base Molding, Line of finishing in Recess B, Line of finishing, 9 inches, Skirting, Floor / Line, A, a, eqal (4 times), To Splay 9 [inches] / each side, Pilaster full size, Line of Plaistering, C, Plan of the Door, D, Pilaster Capital / full size, Copy sent to Matthews, (cancelled) Side of Door next Anti Room / to correspond with Door opposite and a few dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen, yellow,light red and sepia washes ,pricked for transfer on laid paper (540 x 682)


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


The re-use of the same details for doors and shutters as designed by Soane for the eating room is noted. The circular drawing room was designed by John Johnson (1732-1814) before 1793 (H.Colvin, Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840, p.580). The ceiling was presumably left undecorated until Soane provided his design.



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