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Preliminary record drawings, 28-29 October 1800 (6)


Drawings 59 and 61 show a triple-arched stone bridge as well as the garden and for 61, the entrance front. Virginia Brilliant's typescript catalogue suggests that drawings 61 and 62 were the models for finished watercolours executed by Henry Hake Seward, (see drawings 64 and 65).

The attribution of these drawings to Gandy stems from the two facts that the bound volume of drawings that these belong to is devoted to Gandy perspectives and that a comparison of hands suggests the afore mentioned Gandy as artist. Seward may have taken them as models for his fully worked drawings.



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Contents of Preliminary record drawings, 28-29 October 1800 (6)