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SM 64/6/4


[4] Working drawing for ground floor of farmhouse


The Plan of the Ground Floor with flyer


1/3 inch to 1 foot


as above, Colonel Graham, No 3, A B, C D, labelled: Bed Chamber, Closet, Parlor, Porch, Kitchen, oven, Back Kitchen, Dairy and detailed dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 23/04/1798
    Lincolns Inn Field April 23 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, burnt umber and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with three fold marks (550 x 666)


Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848), May 1794 - September 1808 (from Soane office Day Book)


The farmhouse has a reversed L-shaped plan. The largest room is the kitchen with its big oven and there is also a 'Back Kitchen' next to the dairy. At the polite end of the house are a bed chamber with a fireplace and two closets and a parlour with a fireplace and closet. A dog-legged stair gives access to the first floor. A flyer gives a choice between a space (3 feet 6 inches) or infill wall on the west side of the kitchen in front of the stair which would otherwise be reached via the parlour.



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