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  • image SM 77/1/71

Reference number

SM 77/1/71


[21] Revised working drawing for the timbers of the breakfast room


Plan and sections


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Henry Peters Esqr, A B C D E F G H I J K L M P, Bridging Joist (twiice), A Beam 10 by 6 to Camber I Inch / B Truss 6 by 4 / D Morter into truss and Bridging joist 6 by 4 / E Hing 6 by 4 of dry Oak / F is a Iron bolt that that goes through the beam / into the Hing part and screws into a nutt / that let flush as a Bed screw / G Bridging joist 5 by 2½ lap on to the / Binding Joist and let into Do with / half an Inch Bearing as of O / H Wall Plate 9 by 6 / there must be a piece of Circular / wall plate to Carry the Rafters II must be kept up 6 Inches / Higher than L to get fall for the Water to M / The Binding Joist are putt to come at / Edge of Window Jambs / There must be 3 Inches fall from P to Q, Binding Joist, Binding Joist O

Signed and dated

  • 27/06/1801
    Copy June 27 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, yellow, red and sepia washes on pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (560 x 695)


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


The earlier design (drawing [20]) has been revised so that, for example there is no internal gutter (with the danger of flooding from rainwater coming in two directions) and the fall of the roof has been changed so that it runs east/ west instead of north/south.



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