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SM 40/3/20


[29] Design for the drawing room


Design for the Finishings of the Drawing Room - plan and laid-out wall elevations


bar scale of 3/10 of 1 inch to 1 foot


as above, Robert Knight Esqre, Drawing Room

Signed and dated

  • 00/02/1802
    Lincolns Inn Fields Feby 1803

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, light red and blue washes, pricked for transfer, on thin laid paper with 3 fold marks and one old repair (555 x 620)


attributed to Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848), pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808


This drawing room (there were two) was on the first floor and faced southwards across the garden. The window is larger than the library window on the ground floor but of a similar design. The survey drawing of the first floor ([7)] shows two rooms on the south side while design plans for the first floor ([8-12]) show one large room with various proposals; plan ([12]) comes close to the design catalogued here but with the addition of two alcoves that give symmetry.



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