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image SM 39 /3 /10

Reference number

SM 39 /3 /10

Purpose

[5] Design for ground floor

Aspect

Plan of the Ground Floor

Scale

bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, Colonel Graham, AB, (pencil) End of old Walll, (pen) The Wall over this part / to be built on an an Iron / Cradle, Flue for a pedestal stove, (pencil, next to detail) Bridging Joists 4½ 1 foot apart / Cieling Joist 3 by 2, rooms labelled: Hall, Staircase, Antiroom, Eating Room, Smalll / chy [chimney], Dressing Room, Water Closet, Area (twice) and dimensions given

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields June 22d 1797

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (665)

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

Evidently this is an unfinished drawing with the pencilled addition of timber framing to each of the rooms. The hall is given an apsidal end (at the entrance), the stair is geometric, between the un-labelled front room and the large dining room is an anteroom with niches in two of the corners and there are two more in the stair wall. The note that 'The Wall over this part / to be built on an Iron / Cradle' refers to the unsupported span of the bottom of the staircase. The iron cradle is shown on drawing [15] (tinted with a raw Sienna wash).
The note - 'end of old wall' suggests there was an earlier building on this site. This is corroborated by S.Bradley and N.Pevsner, London 6: Westminster, 2003, p.576 which states that Stratton Street was 'laid out in 1684 across the W strip of the gardens of old Berkeley House, predecessor of Devonshire House.'

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