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SM (1) 39/1/26 (2) 39/1/25


Design for a shop front, 1799 (2)


1 The Plan, The Elevation and section for Mr Foxhall 2 Copy of drawing 1 without the amendments referring to water pipes, gates and bars


1-2 bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


1 as above, A B C, No1, Pipe for Water (twice), Iron gate (twice), Bars across the / Area and some dimensions given 2 The Plan, The Elevation, A B C and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (1) Lincolns Inn Fields Octr 10 1799 (2) Copy Octr 11th 1799

Medium and dimensions

1-2 Pen, sepia, burnt umber, yellow and blue washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (550 x 674, 552 x 672)


(1-2) Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848, pupil and assistant 1794-1808)


The shop front is 24 feet wide with a window ('9:6' high) either side of a two-thirds glazed double door. Over the door and each window is a segmental fanlight and under each window, a segmental-headed recess to a grated yard. The window-door-window between fanlights and sill are continuous so that the door has side-lights and each window finishes at the end with a glazed quadrant. At the head and bottom of each window are strips of blue glass and the heads of the fanlights and 14 'mullions' have pale yellow ochre glass. Four panel pilasters articulate the front and the end ones have a slender drain pipe in front of it (shown on plan and section but not the elevation). A bollard stands either side of the door (shown on plan). Above, a shallow pediment spans the facade with a palmette acroterion in the centre and a patera at each end. Inside, behind the windows, are curved display shelves or cabinets.



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