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Reference number

SM 39/1/75


[2] Design No.1 for alterations


The Plan of the Ground Floor / with the proposed Alterations and The Plan of the One Pair Floor / with the proposed Alterations (verso) pencil drawing of the ground floor plan to a larger scale than the recto


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, Design No.1, Samuel Thornton Esqr St James Square, labelled: Area, The Hall, Eating Room, Best Staircase, Back Stairs, Breakfast Room, Closet, Mr Thorntons / Dressing Room and Ante Room, Drawing Room, Lobby, Closet, Dressing Room and Bed chamber and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 18/06/1799
    Copy Lincolns Inn Fields June 18 1799

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes onwove paper (665 x 544)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808.


A comparison with the survey drawing ([1]) shows that the entrance has been moved to the left and that hall and stair have been reversed so that on entry the hall precedes the stair. A three-bay breakfast room behind the eating room has been made with the removal of another stair.



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