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image SM 39/3/9

Reference number

SM 39/3/9

Purpose

[3] Design for basement floor

Aspect

Plan of the Basement

Scale

bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, a.a. make the piers equal, rooms labelled: Sub hall, House Keeper, Wine Cellar, Staircase, Kitchen, Scullery, Pantry, Beer Cellar, Lobby, Ser[van]ts / Necessary, Area and dimensions given

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields June 22d 1797

Medium and dimensions

Pen, light red and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (665 x 551)

Hand

The office Day Book for 22 June 1797 has (under Colonel Graham) Jeans / Seward / Good - that is:
Thomas Jeans (c.1775 - 1866), pupil August 1792 - 25 August 1797
Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848), pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808
Henry Joseph Good (1775 - 1857), pupil January 1795 - January 1799

Notes

The kitchen is marked 19:3¾ wide and 17:3¾ long, the basement walls are 1:10½ thick.The secondary stair on the left-hand side is a quarter-turn with winders, the principal stair is geometric on plan and top-lit. The pantry, beer cellar and water closet are single storey but these with the small, L-shaped area were done away with in the subsequent plan (drawing [4]) in favour of a court or garden of 17 feet 1½ inches from front to back. The later working drawings for the finishing of the rooms ([21] - [39]) show that access from the back rooms was from a door on the right-hand side so evidently there was a decision at some point in the design process to move the back stair to the opposite side.

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Drawing

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