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SM volume 59/81


[54] Presentation drawing showing an alternative design for a second addition, Elevation entrance front, 15 October 1789


Elevation of the Entrance Front / at Bentley Priory


bar scale of 1/14 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Earl of Abercorn

Signed and dated

  • 15 October 1789
    Welbeck Street Octr 15th 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey and sepia washes within a single-ruled and pink wash border on laid paper (472 x 290)


Attributed to Sanders, John (1768--1826) - Library - Catalogs, draughtsman
attributed to John Sanders (1768 - , pupil 1784-90)


Drawings 54 and 55 were presented with drawing 52 on 16 October and show the same design. The entrance front has paired Doric columns flanking the round-headed arched entrance vestibule, with a Doric entablature surmounted by pedestals supporting facing sculpted couchant lions, a foliate sash draped between them.



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