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Reference number

SM 35/3/15


[40] Design for curtain hangings and for circular windows


Perspective View of the Saloon


John Thomson Esqre

Signed and dated

  • 07/02/1807
    Lincolns Inn Fields / Febry 7 1807

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink, blue, burnt umber, yellow and green washes, triple ruled and sepia wash border on laid paper (328 x 484)


Attributed to Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. From the Soane office Day Book.


Edmeads & Pine


The fringed and draped curtains supported by four ornamented vertical poles in front of the large window and the two small circular windows give a dramatic finish to the saloon. It is unusual to have Soane (or his office) making designs for hangings.

Under 'Drapery' P.Lewis and G.Darley( Dictionary of Ornament, 1986, p.111) explain that 'In early 19th century France and England, ... drapery became immensely fasionable in interior decoration, possibly prompted by the developments of machinery to weave fabric of much greater width: ceilings and beds were draped like tents, sofas were crowned with hanging fabric, window curtains were extraordinarily elaborate'.



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