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4/5/2

Purpose

[24] Preliminary design for the library, showing a starfish ceiling, 27 October 1802

Aspect

Plan and laid-out wall elevations, showing ceiling design and interiors

Scale

bar scale of 5/16 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

The Right Honble / Lord Viscount Birdport, plan labelled (Soane): three equal bookcases, Library, Qy Bookcases (twice), This Door is / to be finished / of the greatest / width permitted, Plan above the / bookcase, lettered A to E, a, 1 ft 0 from the wall A give the / distance BC / DE equal to BC, The Center of the semicircle / give the extent of this Pilaster and dimensions given

Signed and dated

Copy sent Nov 5 1802 / Lincolns Inn Fields / Octr 27 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, Naples yellow, blue and grey washes, pencil pricked for transfer on laid paper (691 x 565)

Hand

Seward, Henry Hake (1778--1848), draughtsman
Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848, pupil and assistant 1794-1808) with alterations by Soane
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848, pupil and assistant 1794-1808) with alterations by Soane

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Drawing

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