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  • image SM 31/3/21

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SM 31/3/21


[135] Preliminary working drawing for the floor layout, 12-25 May 1801


Plan of the basement floor and out buildings, rough section of the villa, office court and office wing, section of floor levels and rough pencil sketches of the office wing entrance (from the courtyard)


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


labelled D.D. query, Could not / these offices to be / made out of some / of the existing Building, Butler, Kitchen, wine cellar, Lobby, Housekeeper & Store Room, Passage, small beer, Pantry, Washouse & Laundry, cellar, Catacomb, Scullery, Dresser (twice), Iron[in]g board, Larder, Eating Room, Laundery floor, Washouse floor, Cellar, office court, q[uer]y sheds for wood etc if wanted, bottles & charcoal, cleaning things, Dust hole, Ent[ran]ce, pump, Bakehouse / & / Washouse / Q[uer]y if floor should not be lowered, apple, Cha, potatoes, onions, parsnips, carrotts, Beer & wine, Dry Gr[ound]., Wall nut tree, Stable house (twice), Drying Ground, Ground Gutter, Coachman / to / sleep over the / Coachouse, Gutter flat, Hayloft, 4 flat, 2 flat, Lodge, This idea about for the Courts, & gives more / Room to the / Room over / the Coach / making a hay loft at B / this may 25: 1801 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 12 May 1801 - 25 May 1801
    May 12: 1801 / May 22. 1801/ May 25: 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen, red pen, pencil, sepia and pale red washes, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (580 x 678)


Seward, Henry Hake (1778--1848), draughtsman
Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848, pupil and assistant 1794-1808) (Day Book 12 May 1801), Soane
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848, pupil and assistant 1794-1808) (Day Book 12 May 1801), Soane



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