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  • image SM 62/9/15

Reference number

SM 62/9/15


[4] Design for roof and first floor timbers


Plan of the Roof, Plan of the Floor on the first Story and Section on the Line A A


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1foot


as above, The three Beams must be / trussed with seasoned Oak / as I wish the floors to be very / stiff J.Soane; P.S. on every occasion ---- c--ber to ease the old Mat:[erials] to the / best advantage - I shall see you next week & will then give you money if you / are in want. (verso) addressed to: Mr James Pain / (Clerk of the Works) / at Bagshot<Lodge / Single Sheet, remains of wax seal, and stamped AU [G] 18 8

Signed and dated

  • 18/98/1798
    L.I.Fields Aug:18:1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, yellow and blue washes on laid secretary paper with 4 fold marks (420 x 388)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. Notes written by Soane and drawing by Henry Hake Seward. The Soane office Day book states: 'copying Paine's plan / of the Roof of Bagshot / Lodge 3/4 day / Seward'


On the drawing, a yellow wash is used for the timbers, beams (angled so as to avoid the fire places) and king post trusses, and blue is used for the leadwork.



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