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image SM 40/2/15

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SM 40/2/15


[36] Design for the roof, 4 September 1801


Plan of the Roof and sections through roof line


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Messrs Praeds & Co / Fleet Street, labelled: Gutter, Trussed / Partition, Partition below (twice), Gutter, Wall, Wall below, Wall, Lead Flat, (pencil) Back of / Chy from / Mr -------, Court, Partition, Wood, Gutter, Qy Pipe, Skylight, Wall below (twice),Wall, Cistern under / this part, Gutter, Qy Pipe

Signed and dated

  • 4 September 1801
    Lin Inn Fields Sepr 4th 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink, yellow and blue-grey washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (679 x 557)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808.


WL 1794


The roof is notable for the sunk court at the centre of the house and the large, oval skylight above the staircase.



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