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Working drawing for fitting out the library and Mr Thornton's room, May 1810


The drawing lacks room labels but from drawings 46 and 66, the larger room can be identified as the library on the north-east side and the smaller one as Mr Thornton's room in the middle of the east side. For a photograph of the large round-arched window to the library see P.Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.128 (9.8).



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