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
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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