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SM 31/3/8


[107] Working drawing for the basement offices, 5 March 1801


(copy) Plan of the Basement Floor and Section on three floors


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled B the paiving of this floor / to be two feet below the Earth / at present door of Entrance, Basement, principal Floor and Chamber floor, staircase, area (twice), Butlers Pantry, Wine Cellar, Servant Hall, Enclose under these Steps for Coals, store, closets (twice), (pencil) flue, Kitchen, Pantry, Small Beer, Scullery & Washouse, glass (twice), Passage to the Washouse, (pencil) Coals and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 5 March 1801
    Lin Inn Fields March 5th: 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia and pale red washes, partly pricked for transfer, on wove paper (577 x 695)


Seward, Henry Hake (1778--1848), draughtsman
Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848, pupil and assistant 1794-1808) (Day Book 5 March 1801)



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