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[173] Alternative design for a stove in the entrance hall in the form of the upper part of a suit of armour, 31 August 1799


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Marq. of Abercorn, 5 ft 1, 1 ft 5 in, 6 ft 6, (Bailey) Design for the stove in the New Hall (Bentley Priory)

Signed and dated

  • 31 August 1799
    Copy Lincolns Inn Fields Aug / 31 1799

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and wash on wove paper with one fold mark (508 x 336)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office


P. Ward-Jackson, English furniture designs of the eighteenth century (for the Victoria & Albert Museum), 1959, plate 306 and 306a; D. Stroud, Sir John Soane, Architect, 1984, p. 138.



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