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  • image SM 39/3/31

Reference number

SM 39/3/31


[29] Working drawing for drawing room on first floor


Plan, section and laid out wall elevations with full size detail


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot and full size


Col Graham, No 5, Drawing Room, French Window, (pencil) 4 Panes, (pen) Jib Door, This Door in Center / of Anti Room, (of detail) Side next the room, Molding on the Pannels of the door / full size, (pencil) 2 doors 3 -- wide / 8 feet high / -- and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 11/05/1798
    Lincolns Inn Fields May 11 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, light red and yellow washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (548 x 664)


The office Day book for 11 May 1798 has an entry ' Col. Graham / About Sections of Rooms / Seward', that is, Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848), pupil and assistant May 1794 - 1808


The drawing room was located in the back room of the first floor. The prime space, which was the first floor front room, was given to the library. Both the drawing room and the library have a concealed jib door giving on to the anteroom. Disguised with the same skirting and dado rail as the wall both jib doors stand three feet away from the regular door.



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