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  • image SM 35/2/1

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SM 35/2/1


[26] Design for fitting out the library, 31 December 1808


Plan and wall elevations


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Plan and Sectiion of the Library / at / Whitley Hall / the Seat of of the Right Honble Lord Hood and a few added dimensions

Signed and dated

  • 31/12/1808
    L I F Decr 31 1808

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, sepia, blue, orange washes, triple ruled and sepia wash border, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (555 x 614)


The offce Day Book for 30 December 1808 (sic) has 'Lord Hood / About Section of New Library / Underwood' that is George Allen Underwood (1792-1829) (assistant 20 September 1807 - May 1815)


All of the plans of the ground and chamber floors show the projecting profile of what may have been a chapel with three windows at one end and a five-sided windowed projection on the longest wall. The library proposal does not include the whole of the wing but includes the main part of it and gives on to the best staircase.



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