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This section includes designs for the central 'inside' window and also the 'outside sash[es]' with steps. Drawings for the sashes [35] and [36] indicate the inside window with its four mullions. A note on drawing [36] 'This Design is made to / to correspond as near as / possible with the enlarged / Windows of the Basement / Story as they are at present' is a reminder that the Gothic library was at basement level and and a correspondence between the 'enlarged' windows of neighbouring rooms was sought in the design of the sashes that were both a disguise as well as protective.

See also a 'Preliminary design for the South Wall' of the Gothic Library by Soane (a sketch with pen and washes) in his personal album 42 - 'Original Sketches / Miscellaneous / Architectural / Subjects', p.123. Reproduced as Fig. 10 in M.McCarthy, Soane's ''Saxon'' Room at Stowe, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. XL1V, No.2, May 1985 (pp.129-146).



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