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SM 39/1/45


[1] Survey plan of library


Plan and Section[s] of the Library / at Mrr Bethells House Charles Street Grosvenor Sqre (verso) unfinished part-plan of the first floor


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Countess of Pembroke, plan labelled Book case and 25':6" , 15":6"

Signed and dated

  • 10/10/1797
    Lincolns Inn Fields Octr 10 1797
  • Lincolns Inn Fields Octr 10 1797
  • 10/10/1797
    Lincolns Inn Fields Octr 10 1797
  • Lincolns Inn Fields Octr 10 1797

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, shaded on laid secretary paper (verso) pencil (380 x 227) (verso) pen


George Mansfield, surveyor 1 May 1797 - December 1800


Post horn within crowned cartouche and below, GR


'Mr Bethell' was Christopher Bethell who lived in the house from 1770 or 1771 until his death in 1797 (aged 69). The library was the finest room with round-headed, arcaded (east and west) walls with Ionic pilasters, in which were set the bookshelves and, on the south side, three windows. Fronting the bookshelves were two vaulted divisions with freestanding Ionic columns.




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