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Reference number

SM 40/3/27


[31] Design for turning the new library into the eating room


Plan and perspective of a Design for making the present Library the Eating Room


plan to a scale


as above, Robert Knight Esqre, Eating Room, Recess (3 times), Side Table

Signed and dated

  • 01/05/1805
    Lincolns Inn Fields May 1st 1805

Medium and dimensions

(plan) sepia wash and light red wash, (perspective) brown madder, yellow, burnt umber and blue washes with multi-ruled and triple ruled border on wove paper with one fold mark and one old repair (685 x 482)


The office Day Book for 1 May 1805 has an entry '... making sketches ... Seward', that is, Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848), pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808
Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848), pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808


It seems that the new library was built, and from the three walls shown in the perspective, closer in design to drawing [27] rather than [25] and [26]. With shelves and books removed and with the introduction of colour, the arcaded treatment of the walls is more marked.



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