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Reference number

SM 31/4/29


[220] Working drawing for decorative mouldings, 17 August 1802


Ceiling plan and laid out wall elevations for the Library (verso) rough plan with a 'starfish' ceiling indicated and laid out wall elevations


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


labelled Library, (pencil) q[uer]y Shelves for Books, olive, Laurel, Oak, q[uer]y (twice) and Glass frame

Signed and dated

  • 17 August 1802
    Ealing - Augt. 17th. 1802 -

Medium and dimensions

Pen, cerulean blue, pale red and sepia washes, pricked for transfer, on laid paper (582 x 703)


William Edward Rolfe, draughtsman
W.E. Rolfe ( - c.1827, pupil 1801-1804) (Day Book 17 August 1802)



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