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  • image SM 77/3/54

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SM 77/3/54


[26] Record copy of working drawing for the library, 23 October 1789


Elevation of Bookcases at the end of Library, Elevation of Bookcases to the East / end of Library and two Plan[s] (verso, pencil)) unfinished part-plan not related to Shotesham


bar scale of approximately 1/12 inch to one inch


as above, Bookcase, Panl sqr, Architrave of Window, Pilaster (3 times), Standard, Middle line (twice), Angle bead in Plaister, Shelf (7 times), Slip (3 times) Robert Fellowes Esqr, (Soane) Observations / NB A.A. should have been / at least 1½ [inches] deeper / B. Should not have been grooved / but left open for Maps / &c

Signed and dated

  • 23 October 1789
    Copy Octr 23 / 23rd / 23d 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and yellow washes, shaded and pricked through for transfer on laid paper (568 x 676)


Sanders, John (1768--1826), draughtsman
John Sanders (pupil 1 September 1784-90)



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