to a scale of 1 inch to 1 foot
The Marquis of Buckingham, labelled: Plan, bookcase (3 times), Door (twice), Center, G H (twice), Door / to correspond with / Bookcases, Elevation, Floor, Wood (7 times), Metal Work, Shelf (3 times), Bottom, Top, H (3 times), Plastering, Key Hole, Fixed (twice), to open, Springing of Arches, Basso Relievo carved in Wood, (pencil) Mr Astle's Portrait, Chimney Piece, No. 3 and some dimensions given
Signed and dated
Lincolns Inn Fields May / 1805
Medium and dimensions
Pen, sepia, pink, green and burnt umber washes, shaded, partly pricked for transfer, onl laid paper (508 x 506)
The drawing shows on the left a vertical bookcase with six shelves that overall is about a foot wide and 11 feet high. Important is the elevation for a bookcase and also for the canopy over the chimneypiece. M.McCarthy ('Soane's "Saxon" Room at Stowe op. cit.' p.136) wrote that the plaster 'moldings and ornaments [were] to be copied from King Henry the VII Chapel at Westminster Abbey'.
Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation