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Reference number

SM 34/3/9


[17] Revised plan for the first floor


Plan of the Drawing Room Floor / with Alterations


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Right Honble / The Lord Eliot, labelled DrawingRoom, Anti-Room, Best Staircase, Lady's Sitting / Room, Greenhouse, Water / Closet

Signed and dated

  • 10/05/1805
    Lincolns Inn Fields May 10 1805

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and blue wash, pencil additiions, quadruple ruled and sepia wash border, on wove paper (665 x 480)
Pen, sepia and blue wash, with quadruple ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (667 x 480)


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


A comparison with drawing [13] shows that the best stair has been relocated from the centre of the house to the left-hand side. All else remains the same but see drawing [18] where it has been reinstated. A pencil note ( to this drawing [17]) against Lady Eliot's sitting room states 'Larger' twice and 'May 17 1805 final'.



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