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image SM 67/6/1

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SM 67/6/1


[3] Plan for design No 2 (15 August 1807)




bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


Design No 2, Lobby, Closet

Signed and dated

  • 15/08/1807
    Lincolns Inn Fields Augst 15: 1807

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and blue washes, with multi-ruled and sepia wash border, on wove paper (315 x 425)


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


The three-part plan has a small lobby containing a 'Closet' that gives on to a large, top-lit three-quarters of an oval chamber with six columns. In turn this opens into a rectangular burial chamber flanked by twin apses. The plan, more complex than the alternative (drawing [2]) , corresponds (more or less) with the interior perspective drawing [1] which is also labelled 'Design No.2'.



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