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image SM 39/3/8

Reference number

SM 39/3/8

Purpose

[4] Variant design for basement floor

Aspect

Plan of the Basement Floor

Scale

bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, >Sub hall, House Keeper, Wine Cellar, Staircase, Kitchen, Scullery and dimensions given

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields June 22d 1797

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (665 x 549)

Hand

The office Day Book for 21 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 plan is close to drawing [3] except that the rooms marked with yellow wash are omitted, that is, the pantry, beer cellar, lobby and servants' necessary (water closet). The back stair with a scullery/lobby/etc remained and there is now a court or garden measuring 17 feet 1½ inches from front to back on the right-hand side. The working drawings for finishing the rooms ([21] - [39]) show that at some stage in the design process the back stair projection was moved from the left- to the right-hand side.

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