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Reference number

SM 4/4/17


[10] Copy of a design for the longitudinal section of the house, 8 July 1801


Longitudinal Section


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


as above, Mr Robins, labelled: The Present Line of Ground (twice), The Ground raisd (sic) at Entrance, The line of Top of Principal Floor and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 8 July 1801
    Copy Lincolns Inn Fields / July 8th 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (559 x 673)


Thomas Sword
Pupil January 1799 - 1804.


WL 1794


This sectional drawing shows quite clearly the ascending steps in the entrance hall. The interiors are characterised by full-height recessed arches. The garrets, 7'6'' high at the centre and directly below the lantern, were presumably inhabited, but none of the plans show how they are accessed.



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