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Reference number

SM 6/4/7


[43] Design for west-east section


Longitudinal section through library and adjacent rooms (verso) unfinished plan of library with passage to the offices


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


W.R.Cartwright Esqre - Aynho

Signed and dated

May 1800 and (pencil) Copy May 1800

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red and sepia washes on wove paper (551 x 690)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. The Soane office Day Book for 6 May 1800 has Seward 'drawing section of the intended Library wing'.



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