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Reference number

SM 2/7A/8

Purpose

[13] Ground and first floor plans

Aspect

Plans of Ground floorr and One Pair

Scale

bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, rooms labelled: Entrance, China Closet, Best Staircase, Passage for pipes of wine, Lobby (twice), Water Closet and dimensions given, (pencil) Window (verso) Lancelot Austwicke Esqre / Reading / Berks . A Single Sheet and post marked High Holborn and 17 / D 13 / 96 with impression of a wax seal

Signed and dated

  • 13/04/1796
    L. Inn Fields Ap: 13 1796
  • 13/04/1796
  • 13/04/1796
    L. Inn Fields Ap: 1796

Medium and dimensions

Pen, light red and yellow washes, pencil additions, with single ruled border on thin wove paper with four fold marks, modern repairs (551 x 335)

Hand

Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848), pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. Information from the Soane office Day Book, entry for 13 April 1796.

Notes

The drawing was sent by post to Reading. Revisions involve the absorption of the left-hand passageway into the main body of the house. There is now an entrance to the front of the house as well as a side entrance on the right-hand side. Symmetry has been lost since there are two windows on one side of the central entrance and single window on the other. The first floor has five windows to the front. The stair is now on the right-hand side of the house - it had been located on the left-hand side and then towards the centre on previous drawings. The pencil adjustments adds one foot to a bedrom and reduce by one foot another of the upstairs rooms.
The reference to 'Passage for pipes of wine' suggests that Austwick was a wine merchant. A pipe is the second largest size of wine cask and was thus equivalent to half of a tun, or 105 (Imperial) gallons. See drawing [22] verso for a design for the wine cellar. Drawing [1] had a mention of 'Brew House' so he may also have been a brewer.

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Drawing

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