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Reference number

SM 40/3/26


[27] Variant design for the library


Plan and laid-out wall elevations and (pencil) alternative elevation for a recess


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


Robert Knight Esqre, Design for the Finishings of the Library

Signed and dated

  • 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, light red and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on thin laid paper (560 x 690)


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


The variation to the treatment of the west wall is simpler than in drawing [26]. Of the three divisions of book shelves topped by niches, the centre division is twice the width of the bays on either side and thus has a segmental niche.



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