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Reference number

SM 39/1/43


[1] Survey of drawing room floor, 21 April 1802


Plan of the Drawing Room Floor


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Dowager / Countess of Portsmouth, labelled: Drawing Room / 25.8 by 17.10, Back Drawg Room / 24.0 by 17.0, Withdrawing Room / 16.3 by 9.3 and dimensions given

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields April 21st 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on laid paper (674 x 550)


Thomas Sword or Charles Malton


The house has two staircases - a main staircase and, probably, a service stair.



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