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image SM 40/3/24

Reference number

SM 40/3/24

Purpose

[26] Variant design for the library

Aspect

Plan and laid-out wall elevations with added detail of profile of ? chimney-piece

Scale

bar scale of 3/10 of 1 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Robert Knight Esqr, Library

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields / 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, light red and blue washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper (530 x 695)

Hand

attributed to Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848), pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808

Notes

The variant part of the design lies with the west wall which in drawing [25] has a three-part division of shelves topped by niches. In this drawing there are five divisions, that is, three book stacks topped by niches and in between, two narrow elements each containing a tall niche (perhaps for a statue) and a shallow one at each base (perhaps for globes).

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Drawing

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