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Reference number

SM 35/3/16


[42] Design for trellis and shutters


Elevation of the Trellis Work at the / back of the Veranda


to a scale


as above, John Thomson Esqre, This side of theDrawing / shews the Shutter closed This side of the Drawing / shews the Shutter open and Looking Glass

Signed and dated

  • 07/02/1807
    Lincolns Inn Fields / Feby 7 1807

Medium and dimensions

Pen, burnt umber, sepia and blue washes, shaded, triple ruled sepia wash border (332 x 490)


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


crowned shield with fleur de lis and 1801


The drawing shows the exterior wall of the saloon; it is difficut to know what is the cladding material with its lattice pattern. There is the new large window with a circular window to each side as shown on the interior drawings [40] and [41]. The purpose of the drawing is to show the shutters 'closed' and 'open' but how to explain the 'Looking Glass'? Presumably it is a shutter to the round window and to be invisible must reflect the lattice patterning opposite?

Drawings [32] and [33] (q.v.) are designs for the front and back verandahs made in 1806 and do not show, for example, the large window to the eating room.



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