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SM volume 57/9


[33] Working drawing for the drawing-room, May 1787


Copy of details for Moldings at large for the Bookcase / in Drawing Room using a roundel with dog rose motif and a festoon of bellflower and ribbon, with detail of Moldings on the front of Shelves


full size


as above, A to project ¾ inch before B / An additional thickness must be put / on the Pilasters to form the / Grooves which are to be molded / like those at Letton (Letton Hall q.v.), Front of Shelves, Moldings on the front of Shelves, lettered A B (twice) and E, and Revd Archdeacon Gooch

Signed and dated

  • May 1787
    May 1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, shaded on laid paper (284 x 444)


Pupil 1786-91 John McDonnell, draughtsman
John McDonnell


fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate W



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