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  • image SM volume 59/65

Reference number

SM volume 59/65


[53] Sketch from south east


Perspective of South Front


as above, Ramsey Abbey

Signed and dated

  • 08/06/1806
    June 8 1806 / HSS

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, shaded, on laid paper (195 x 332)


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


These informal sketches are signed 'HHS' by Henry Hake Seward. Since office drawings were never signed the drawings must have been made for himself though later added to one of Soane's (record) volumes.

The sketch is dated 8 June 1806 and the very first drawings for Ramsey are dated 12 May 1804. In Soanes' Office Journal there is an entryfor 6 June 1806 - 'Seward & Adams set / out for Ramsey to meas: [ure]/ the Works, ret.[urned]June 15'. The measuring up would have been to calculate the amount of work done in order to pay the various tradesmen and also to estimate the work still required to be done. Perhaps Seward's sketches gloss over the unfinished work and the untidy character of a building site.



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