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image SM 34/2/33

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SM 34/2/33


[80] Design for fitting out library


Plan and laid out wall elevations for the Library


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Right Honble / The Lord Eliot and Books (7 times)

Signed and dated

  • 08/02/1806
    Lincolns Iinn Fields / Febry 8th 1806

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, yellow and blue washes, shaded, partly pricked for transfer on laid paper (542 x 690)


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


The design for the library differs from that proposed in drawings [74], [75] and [78]; the semicircular lobby entrancehas been sadly jettisoned. See drawing [74] for a note on location of library.



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