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SM 6/4/14


[45] Variant design for south elevation of library


Seven bay arcaded elevation and section through wall


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


W.R.Cartwright Esqre Aynho (pencil) Doorway, 16..6 the height of the / library, Ceiling and (pen) some dimensions given and calculations

Medium and dimensions

Pen, added pencil on wove paper (330 x 565)


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


This design differs from drawing [44] through the reduction of the elevation by three feet; the top storey is now only five feet high and windowless. The principal bedroom, dressing room and closets are shown on the first floor plans as over the library. So how was this to be resolved? On the other hand, the second design is the better proportioned of the two - stronger and more dignified. However, it was the first design and not the variant design that was builtl
See drawing [14] for an earlier design for an aracaded elevation.

See also drawing [57] which is a survey of the south front before Soane's intervention. Except for the details of the upper part, it is close to drawing [45].



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