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image SM 34/3/7

Reference number

SM 34/3/7

Purpose

[12] Plan for alterations to ground floor

Aspect

Plan of the Ground Floor / with the Proposed Alterations

Scale

bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, The Right Honble / The Lord Eliot, labelled Portico, Area (twice), Eating Room, Anti-room, Hall, Best / Staircase, Library, Water / Closet, Lead Flat, Upper Part / of Kitchen, Closet

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields / April 26th 1805

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, blue and red washes with triple ruled and sepia wash border, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (460 x 643)

Hand

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

Notes

The survey drawings (2] and [9] show the entrance as facing St James's Square while the drawing catalogued here has it on the long elevation facing Charles II Street. In fact, the extension to the house came later. The proposals here include the new entrance hall and the enlargement of the eating room now taking in the old entrance hall.

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