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  • image SM 6/1/4

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SM 6/1/4


[11] Presentation drawing for additions to the ante-library, 1791


Plan and laid out elevations, with flier for an alternative design for the west wall


bar scale of 2/9 inch to 1 foot


The Earl of Hardwicke, Design for the alteration of the Library at Wimpole, Wimple / Section of Anti Library

Signed and dated

  • c1791
    Datable to 1791 in accord with the other drawings in this group

Medium and dimensions

pen and coloured washes, including pink, burnt umber and blue, within double-ruled wash border on laid paper with three fold marks (590 x 471)


Pupil 1788-94 Thomas Chawner, draughtsman
Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-1794)


Portal & Bridges and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and GR below


D. Hussey, 'Wimpole Hall: the home of Mrs Bambridge, III', Country Life, CXLII, 14 December 1967, p.1596; D. Stroud, 'The charms of natural landscape: the park and gardens at Wimpole II', Country Life, 13 September 1979, p. 762; D. Adshead, Wimpole: architectural drawings and topographical views, National Trust, 2007, p.70.



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