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SM 5/1/5


[8] Design for alterations to drawing room


Plan and laid out wall elevations


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Henry Peters Esqre Betchworth Castle, Drawing Room, Satin Wood, Green Silk, 4½ or 6" if possible and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 26/01/1799
    Lincolns Inn Fields Janry 26 1799

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (554 x 687)


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


The breakfast room has been merged with the drawing room and for interest and to overcome the lack of symmetry, apsidal ends have been introduced. Two new doors (to the west, one of them fake) with book shelves on each side are to be of satin wood and each is crowned by an urn with drapery.



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