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image Image 1 for SM volume 57/22, 80/1/21
image Image 2 for SM volume 57/22, 80/1/21
image Image 3 for SM volume 57/22, 80/1/21
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  • image Image 2 for SM volume 57/22, 80/1/21
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Reference number

SM volume 57/22, 80/1/21

Purpose

Record copy drawing of a design, and working drawing for the library (2)

Aspect

47 Copy of plan and laid-out wall elevations of a square room about 16 by 17 feet, with two tall, semicircular headed windows on one side opposite the chimney-piece and the other walls shelved up and with a closet opposite the main door, both with matching pedimented doorcase and panelled doors
48 Unfinished details of doors and doorcases

Scale

(47) bar scale of 1/8 in to 1 ft (48) 1/3 of the full Size

Inscribed

(47) as above, (Sanders) Section of Library and Bookcases / at Letton Hall and (of bookshelves) A.B. Make all these spaces of equal widths / NB The Pedestal Parts under the Bookcases / are to be prepared to receive Doors if / hereafter they should be found necessary
(48) (pencil, Sanders) B.G.Dillingham Esqre / Mouldings at large for / the doors in Library, (pencil, Soane) Profile to Bookcases, NB The Flowers / to be in plaister, Make this / Space equal / to the width / of Architrave, The same Architrave / as to the door into the / Hall, In the frieze Lyres & wreathes of / Laurel, Make this Architrave / like the Architrave to the Door into the Hall, Line of Frize, Section through the Pediment &c and Qy door in / Acct Genl Hall

Medium and dimensions

(47) Pen, sepia washes, shaded on laid paper bound into volume 57 (284 x 430) (48) pen, sepia and light red washes, pencil on laid paper (468 x 282)

Hand

(47-48) John Sanders (pupil 1784-90), Soane inscriptions on drawing 44

Watermark

(47) Taylor (48) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar with GR below

Notes

The library is small but the globes over the pedimented doors with the busts on top of the bookcases give it a scholarly air. It is interesting to note, as an example of how Soane delegated work to a pupil, the unfinished sheet of details (drawing 48) with the amendments pencilled-in by Soane to be revised and re-drawn by Sanders.

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Drawing

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