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Reference number

SM 13/4/4


[52] Presentation drawing of anti room by J.M.Gandy


Interior perspective facing south

Signed and dated

  • 09/06/1800
    June 9th 1800

Medium and dimensions

Pen, burnt Sienna, sepia, blue and yellow washes, shaded with triple ruled black and sepia washed border on wove paper (845 x 738)


Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843)
The office Day Book entry for 9 June 1800 has 'W R Cartwright Esqre / View of the Anti Room / ½ day Gandy'. It would be remarkable if Gandy made the drawing in half a day and, in fact, the first entry for Gandy working on a 'Perspective View of / the Anti Room' appears on 19 May 1800 and is followed by 13 similar entries finishing on 9 June 1800, that is fourteen and half days work.


The 'Anti Room' between the library and the eating room appears in all of the plans for the ground floor. In drawing [20] it is rectangular with an oval ceiling and two south-facing windows and is linked to a separate, one-bay entrance on the right-hand side. Drawings [25], [35, [39] and [48] have the anti-room reconfigured so that it is L-shaped. Thus it is two bays wide at the back but three bays wide at the front and provides an integral entrance to the south-west side of the house. Drawings [25] and [49] have the entrance bay labelled 'Vestibule'. Although the entrance is unassuming, the anti-room as shown in Gandy's perspective is rather grand with a fluted Ionic order supporting a ribbed domical ceiling and with a Greek fret designs for both ceiling and floor.



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