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  • image SM 31/3/12

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SM 31/3/12


[134] Preliminary working drawing for the floor layout, c. April - May 1801


Plan of the Chamber Floor


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled (Soane) AA To be left open in the rough work but filled up / afterwards if the Door . B remain / BB opening left for Doors / C This window to be finished as a Blank next Vestibule with stained Glass / D q[uer]y if light over this door will be sufficient instead of Window at E / FF Then opening to correspond in the finishing with arch into Lobby H / ZZ Bookcases in Library the ends xx bookcases above stairs out of use / I House Maids Closet the Engine to raise the water to be placed / here & this cistern to serve the two water closets if practicable / & perhaps another pump below / K q[uer]y Recess to Bedchamber, Lobby, upper part of Vestibule, Chamber (three times), water closet, leave open, q[uer]y in finishing shut up this door, drawers & to remain, The largest of the old windows and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 15 April 1801
    April 15

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pale red and pale yellow washes on wove paper (573 x 697)


Seward, Henry Hake (1778--1848), draughtsman
Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848, pupil and assistant 1794-1808) (see notes), Soane
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848, pupil and assistant 1794-1808) (see notes), Soane


WL 1794



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