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The Soane office Journal No.4 has an entry dated 12 June 1799 which records five drawings (two floor plans, two elevations and a perspective) sent to Mr Mansel on the 'Wellingboro Coach'. The next and last entry is dated 30 June 1815 and is a request for £31.10.0 outstandng and ends 'Mr Soane presents his / Comps to Mr Mansel, & / presumes the foregoing ---- (illegible] / has escaped his memory...''
Seward was the draughtsman for Mr Mansel's house. He is shown in the office Day Book as making drawings for Mr Mansel on 5-11 June and again on 26 June. On the 12 June five drawings for' M Mansel Esqre' were sent by the 'Willingborough / Coach [with] the following / No.1 Plan of Hall Floor / 2 do Chamber / 3 Elevation of Entrance / do next Lawn / 5 Perspective on 4 & ½ sheets of / Imperial'.
The last of the 14 drawings catalogued here, a colourfull perspective, is dated 20 September 1799.
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Contents of Cosgrove, Northamptonshire: unexecuted designs for a house for M. Mansel, 1799 (14)
-  Initial design: ground floor plan by Soane
-  Initial design: ground floor plan as drawing
-  Design for basement plan
-  Design for basement plan as drawing
-  Design for ground floor plan
-  Design for ground floor plan as
-  Revised ground floor plan by Soane
-  Revised ground floor plan as drawing
-  Design for first floor plan
-  Design for first floor plan as drawing
-  Slightly variant first floor plan
-  Front elevation
-  Side elevation
-  Perspective of revised design