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Working drawing for a fanlight in the entrance hall, by William Watson, measuring book dated 14 April 1828 (1)

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William Watson was the painter and glazier for Pell Wall House. The fanlight is similar to that shown in drawing 9 in the design drawings for Pell Wall (SM 35/6/1a), with yellow glass, a semicircular shape, and measuring approximately 9 feet wide and 4 feet tall. The drawing is the last entry under the Entrance Hall section of the measuring book.

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