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  • image SM 40/3/6

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SM 40/3/6


[2] Plan of basement with alterations


Plan of the Basement with the proposed / Alterations


to a scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, Robert Knght Esqr, labelled: Coal Cellar, Scullery, Coals (twice), area (twice), Kitchen, Cellar (3 times), Servants Hall, Light, Strong Closet, Butlers bed room, Butlers pantry, Housekeeper's room, Larder, Cleaning Shoes / Knives &c, notes (by Soane) Butlers pantry / & / Bedroom in one / [illegible] ---- hereafter / with a Curtain,(?) Passage, X Qy [query] Chimney to / remain and feint pencil note (indecipherable)

Signed and dated

  • 02/03/1802
    Lincolns Inn Fields March 2 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and red washes, pricked for transfer with multi-ruled and sepia wash border on laid paper (558 x 440)


Probably Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
No entry in the Soane office Day Book for 2 March 1802 but probably Henry Hake Seward, pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808.


J Larking fleur de lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR


The drawing, on good paper and with a fairly elaborate border was presumably made as a presentation drawing for a meeting with Mr Knight at which Soane wrote notes on the drawing. The new work is largely to do with extending the back of the house so as to provide accommodation for the housekeeper and for the the butler. The quarters for the latter were to be combined in one room and a curtain provided but the drawing that follows, dated a month later, shows the same design as before.



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