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SM 34/2/26


[83] Early design for ceiling of drawing room


Plan and laid out wall elevations for the Drawing Room


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Lord Eliot, Port Eliot, Windows to open to the Floor / Qy [query] Raise this Room another Storey, The windows to come down within 6 Inches / of the Floor & 5 Squares high / The windows to splay 9 inches on each side / and at the top, The lower square of sashes fixed / The Dado to range with lower square of Sash / The Door to be 5ft 6in the opening and a few dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen and light red wash, partly pricked for transfer on laid paper (550 x 685)


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


The comment as to raising the roof by another storey must have come from Soane; the floor to ceiling height being about 15 feet 6 inches, dimensions that may have seemed insufficient. The ceiling is described by P.Dean (Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.106) as being Soane's 'shallowest dome'.



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