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image SM 39/3/15

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SM 39/3/15


[10] Design for attic floor


Plan of the Garrets


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


as above, Colonel Graham and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 24/06/1797
    Lincolns Inn Fields 24th June 179

Medium and dimensions

Pen, light red, blue and sepia washes, pricked for transfer, on wove paper with one fold mark (667 x 535)


The office Day Book for 24 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


The attic floor has three rooms accessed from the principal staircase, the back stair reaching to the second floor only. The flank walls of the stair are to be bricked in as also the side walls to the middle room. The plan shows one window to the front elevation; drawing [1] has a single window but drawing [2] has two attic windows. Also shown and washed in a light blue wash are the rainwater gullies of a type frequently used by Soane. Made up of oak covered with lead and laid flat rather than with a fall, they often failed to keep out the damp.



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