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  • image SM 34/2/31

Reference number

SM 34/2/31


[74] Design for alterations to library


Plan and two laid out wall elevations of the Library


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Right Noble / The Lord Eliot, Same height as Saloon, A Recess with an Architrave / to correspond with the opening opposite, Pedestal stove, Pipe to connect with warm air in / Library A and a few dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 11/07/1805
    July 11th 1805

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (546 x 694)


Attributed to Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
No entry in Soane office Day Book but attributed to Henry Hake Seward, pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808.


In the survey drawing [49] the library is shown as in the north facing wing (that was to be demolished). The design drawings show it in a three-windowed room facing south ([56],[58]and [63] or in the south-east room with three windows facing east [59] and [62]. The drawings for the finishing of the library [80] and [81] have it with three windows. The current plan published in P.Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.104, has the library with three windows facing north and forming a central part of the eat-west enfilade arranged by Soane.



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