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image SM 40/3/25

Reference number

SM 40/3/25


[28] Working drawing for library shelves


Elevation of The Recess opposite Chimney in Library


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


as above, Robert Knight Esqre, Recess for a Table, Table

Signed and dated

  • 20/01/1804
    Lincolns Inn Fields / Jany 20:th 1804

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper with 3 fold marks (345 x567 )


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


The design shows part of the west wall with "A recess for a Table' in the centre flanked by tall niches linked by an over-reaching segmental arch. The design is different from those offered for the west wall in drawings [25-27] thoough the tall niches of [26] (perhaps for statues) must have appealed since they are repeated here.



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