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Reference number

SM 33/3/B54


[43] Finished design for wall opposte chimney


The Plan and Elevation of the Compartment opposite the Chimney / intended to contain the Shrine


to a scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


as above, The Marquiss of Buckingham, labelled: Looking Glass (twice), The dotted lines / shew the Shrine, Bookcase (twice), Shrine, Pedestal for / figures or / Light

Signed and dated

  • 11/11/1805
    Lincolns Inn Fields Novr 11th 1805

Medium and dimensions

Pen, green, sepa, pink and blue washes, with triple ruled and sepia washed border, slightly pricked for transfer, on wove paper (696 x 485)


The office Day Book for 11 November 1805 gives Malton and Seward as working on Stowe. That is Charles Malton (1788-?) (pupil February 1802 - December 1809) and Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848) (pupil and assistan May 1794 - September 1808). Malton, in particular, perhaps contributing to the 'artistic' addition of washes.


McCarthy ('Soane's "Saxon" Room at Stowe, p.139) writes 'This area was to be dressed similarly to the bookcase doors, but instead of shelving it was to contain another momento of Thomas Astle in the form of a carved wooden polyptych of the Crucifixion, also flanked by mirrored panels beneath which marble pedestals were to be placed... it is doubtful if either the portrait or polyptych were ever placed in these locations'.



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