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image SM 40/3/22

Reference number

SM 40/3/22

Purpose

[24] Initial design for the library

Aspect

Plan and laid-out wall elevations

Scale

3/10 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Robt Knight Esqr, (pencil) The Plan of the Library, (pen, Soane) Correspond with / chimney breast and dimensions given including (4 times)

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields Octr 25th / 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, yellow and pink washes, hatching, pricked for transfer on thin laid paper (552 x 554)

Hand

The office Day Book for 25 October 1802 has no mention of work done for Mr Knight though likely to be by Seward; the brown pen additions (hatching etc) are by Soane

Notes

The survey plans of the ground floor made for Lady Pembroke in 1798 [3 & 4] show the existing library with its free-standing Ionic columns and valulted 'aisles'. However, the survey plan of the ground floor [5] made for Mr Knight in July 1802 shows the room as completely bare and extended southwards into the garden. The note to drawing [22] concerning the re-use of the 'Columns of old Library' make it clear that it was stripped out and enlarged for Mr Knight. Here, in the new design, the westward wall is bowed while the wall facing the garden, has a large arched window that is designed as a half-circle though this is modified in subsequent drawings.
Literature: Survey of London, The Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair, volume XL part II, 1980, p.162.



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