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SM (8) 77/3/55


Working drawing for a bookcase, 9 July 1790


8 Elevation of the Bookcase; Plan ofthe Bookcase above the Chimney piece; detail of moldings around the bookcase; and part-section of the bookcase


bar scale of 11/20 inch to 1 foot and full size


as above, John Patteson Esqre, elevation lettered A and B, The part coloured yellow is to / have blank books // A. The height of this Door is / determined by the Door / in Staircase, To range with the top of the / architrave to the Door into / Drawing Room, To range with the top of the Surbase, To range with the Plinth of Room, flush bead (twice), plan lettered A, blank books, the lenth of the cornice / of chimney piece, Moldings, line of Plinth, line of Shelf, Front of SHelf, B, slip (three times), Slip (three times), Shelf, Section at B and dimensions given

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  • Copy: Augst 28th 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey and yellow washes, on laid paper with two fold marks (586 x 667)


Soane office


The bookcase is probably intended for the room immediately adjacent to the new first floor bedroom, included in the plan on drawing 2. Soane introduces a bookcase at one end of the room and surrounding the existing chimney-piece. A door (labelled as a jib door in drawing 2) hidden in the bookcsae passes from this room into the new bedroom. The bookcase is finely built, with slips that allow the shelves to be adjusted. Soane sent working drawings for the bookcase on 28 August 1790, the same day as this drawing (Journal No 1).



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