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SM 6/4/15


[44] Design for south elevation of library


Elevation with seven arcaded bays


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


W.R.Cartwright Esqre Aynho

Signed and dated

  • 00/05/1800
    May 1800

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (330 x 560)


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


The elevation is of seven bays, each with a round-headed window supported by pairs of columns with plain capitals and with a doorway in the centre reached by two steps. The upper storey has seven windows separated by pairs of plain pilasters and crowned (on the three bays in the centre) by a shallow pediment. The survey south elevation made before Soane's works (drawing [57]) shows that Soane kept to the original design adding rusticated corners and an upper floor.
See drawing [14] for Soane's initial design for the elevation.



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