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SM 5/1/7


[7] Ground floor plan including layout and details of drains


Plan of the Ground Floor of House and Offices and two rough pencil plans of small spaces (2 feet 9 inches) and with the feint pencil outline of the semicircular breakfast room proposed in later drawings


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, Henry Peters Esqre Betchworth Castle, labelled: Washouse, Laundry / Sink this floor 1':9", open, Servants / to Clean / Knives / & Shoes, Bakehouse, Scullery, Larder, Lateral Partition, Coals, Closet, Arcade, Servants Hall, Housekeeper, B B, China / closet, Eating Room, Passage, Mr Peters, Lobby, light in this Partition / over Door the whole / Length of Partition, Mr Peters / dressing Room, Lobby, Hall, Drawing Room, Glazed door, Boudoir, Drain A / Drain B, NB the Sketch of the the drains / were sent to Mr Payne [Soane's clerk of works] March 7 1799 and a few dimensions given; a notebelow the sections of drains: NB the Sketches of the drains / were sent to Mr Payne March 7 1799

Signed and dated

  • 01/01/1799
    Copy Lincolns Inn Fields Jany 1st 1799 (and noted on the drawing - March 7 1799)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, blue and light red washes with quadruple ruled and sepia wash border, pricked for transfer on laid paper with five fold marks (521 x 720)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. Information from the Soane office Day Book.


I Taylor fleur de llis within crowned cartouche and below GR, and 179?


A comparison with Soane's sketch plan ([6]) shows that the layout is much the same though the south west room that was labelled Mr Peters powdering room (drawing [2]) is now labelled 'Boudoir'. Details for the drains have been added, and the runs of pipes are shown (for the offices only). New work is indicated in a light red wash so that the only entirely new office is the washouse.
The good quality paper and border suggest that this may have been itended as a presentation drawing.



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