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  • image SM 40/3/19

Reference number

SM 40/3/19


[22] Design for the entrance hall


Plan and five laid-out wall elevations


4/10 inch to 1 foot


Robert Knight Esqre, Halll, Columns out of old Library, (feint pencil) Qy [query] Columns are / attached to ceiling / only 6/6 high and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 05/10/1802
    Lincolns Inn Fields Octr 5th 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper (569 x 690)


The office Day Book has an entry for 9 October 1802 - Robert Knight Esqr / about drwg of Hall / Seward', that is, Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848), pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808


Here, Seward draws out Soane's design [21] adding scupted lions to the niches above the windows.



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