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SM 6/5/2


[7] Presentation design for library


Plan and laid out wall elevations


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Earl of Lerpool , Coombe House>, The / plan of the / Library and Planand Section of the new Library

Signed and dated

  • 00/01/1809
    Lincolns Inn Fields / Jany 1809

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including pink and sepia, with sepia 4 ruled border, on wove paper (535 x 730)


attributed to James Adams (1785-1850) (pupil May 1806 - June 1809)


J Whatman 1804


There are bookshelves on all four walls though shared with two windows on one wall and a chimneypiece on another. Above three of the bookcases are arched recesses for busts and an urn. See also drawing [9] for a similar design with details of ceiling.



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