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Reference number

SM 40/2/26


[19] Design for the ground floor, 21 July 1801


Plan of the Ground Floor


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Messrs Praeds & Co / Fleet Street, labelled: equal (twice), Square, Water Closet / on / the half Story, Nothing over this / Room, leave a toothing, Pencil Dimensions taken Aug 28 1801 and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 21 July 1801
    July 21 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (689 x 566)


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


WL 1794


As suggested on the approved design (drawing [9]) the small room at the back of the property has become square and has a chimneypiece in its west wall. Lord Buckingham's suggestion of adding a strong closet between the front and back parlours was not taken up.



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