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SM (1) 1/2/10


Presentation drawing of the library, as built by Robert Taylor 1770-74


1 Elevation, section and plan of the library


To a scale


dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1770-74

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey and yellow washes within single ruled border on laid paper (501 x 325)


Taylor office


crowned fleur-de-lis and LVG below


Robert Taylor built the Library in 1770. The brick structure consisted of four storeys and seven equidistant bays with clerestory thermal windows on the north elevation. Supporting square piers supported cross-vaults. A semicircular stairwell joined the east side of the building. Taylor's library was built as a fire-proof storage for archives.

The dimensions appear to have been added later, as their informal hand and placement does not tally with the well executed drawing and border.



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