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Reference number

SM 47/1/83


[6] Designs for the chapel, 14 April 1802


Plan and Elevation


bar scale of 2/7 inch to 1 foot


as above, Mrs Brocas, labelled: A, B, C, D, E, F and (pencil) some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 14 April 1802
    Lincolns Inn Fields April 14th 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer within single ruled border on laid paper with two fold marks (679 x 570)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808.


In contrast to an earlier design (drawing [2]) and made nearly a year later, this drawing shows the rectangular chapel with a five-light pointed, traceried window in the gabled south wall that matches the design of drawing [4]. The ceiling of the chapel consists of three groin vaults. The letters A-F refer to sections in drawing [7].



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