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  • image SM 5/1/4

Reference number

SM 5/1/4


[15] Design for for alterations to the facade, 1801


The Elevation and Section through the breakfast room


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, Henry Peters Esqr: Betchworth Castle,The Window Marked a a a & ? to correspond and Two of the upper parts of the Sashes / in Mr Peters Room to be used / in the new Breakfast Room / as the lower Sashes (in both Rooms) must / be three panes in height & throw up one pane in -- the head which / gives about 6ft : 4 in in height to go out

Signed and dated

  • 02/05/1801
    Lincolns Inn Fields May 2d 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with four fold marks (559 x 694)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. Henry Hake Seward with Thomas Sword. Information from Soane office Day Book.
Thomas Sword
Pupil January 1799 - 1804.


A comparison with a survey of the west front ([drawing 4]) shows that Soane has kept the battlemented character of the existing house so that his single storey breakfast room addition is crenellated - and buttressed.

Soane added a sketch for the reintroduction of a porch to the entrance, the plain porch of drawings [12-13] having been omitted in drawing [14]. Soane also made a sketch of the tall, 15-paned sash windows required for Mr Peters' room (for working drawing see [16]).



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