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SM 33/3/B8


[15] Early design for ante room


Plan of Anti Room


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Library, some dimensions given and The Marquis of Buckingham

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper (365 x 510)


Soane office


Each corner has a pair of slender columns. There is no indication of a stair that was to be an important element in the design of the 'lobby' which became the prefered term.
It seems that this design is an early one that was replaced by the designs with bowed ends that follow.

According to M.McCarthy in his article on the Stowe library (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, volume XLIV, 1985, p.131.) it was Lord Buckingham's idea that there should be a 'sort of anti-room' to the library.



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