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SM 40/3/12


[10] Plan of first floor with alternative alterations


Plan of the Drawing Room Floor with proposed Alterations


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Robert Knight Esqr labelled Drawing Room, Anti Room, Drawing Room 27.6 by 25.3 and Jib / Door

Signed and dated

  • 26/02/1802
    (Copy) Lincolns Inn Fields / Feby 24th / 26 / 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper with one fold mark (672 x 560)


The office Day Book entry for 26 February 1802 has - 'Robert Knght Esqre / About drawings of / the proposed Alterations / in Charles Street / Seward', that is, Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848) pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808 (no entry for 24 February)


The alterations are as shown on drawing [9] except for the drawing room facing the garden which now has a large, off-centre window balanced by niches at each end of the chimney-piece wall; a jib door to the stairs has been added. The enfilade arrangement of drawings [8-10] has been maintained.



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