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  • image SM 40/3/15

Reference number

SM 40/3/15


[7] Survey plan of first floor


Plan of the Drawing Room Floor / in its Present State


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Robert Knight Esqr, labelled Drawing Room, Anti-room, Drawing Room, Lead Flat

Signed and dated

  • 02/10/1801
    Lincolns Inn Fields Octr 2 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash with triple ruled and sepia was border, pricked for transfer on stout wove paper with one fold mark (882 x 558)


The office Day Book has an entry for 2 October 1801 - 'Robert Knight Esqre / Making out Sketches for / Alterations / Seward', that is, Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848) pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808


This survey plan shows the first floor as altered for Lady Pembroke ( see drawing [6] of Soane's surveys and designs for her ladyship). The two rooms facing the garden were kept as such though merged in the later designs for Robert Knight (q.v.) A 'lead flat' lies beyond the front facing the garden.



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