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SM 6/1/9


[10] Design for additions to the ante-library, April 1791


Plan and three laid out elevations


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot, approximately


Take away this / Entablature / & make the / same architrave / as to door B, Qy make the piers of / the windows equal / by bringing / forward the bookcase / on this side, & also / the door architraves / &c, Make this / bookcase as deep / as the walls / will permit, B, floor above / raised, bookcase at this / end, hang the door to open / on this side & to fold quite back, Carpenters (perhaps) take / part of Greenhouse for / a work shop, Sqre / Leaded / door, some calculations in pencil, dimensions given; (verso) Wimple, Section of Anti-Library / with proposed alterations

Signed and dated

  • April 1791
    April 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and brown pen on laid paper with four fold marks (678 x 552)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


D. Hussey, 'Wimpole Hall: the home of Mrs Bambridge, III', Country Life, CXLII, 14 December 1967, p.1596; D. Stroud, 'The charms of natural landscape: the park and gardens at Wimpole II', Country Life, 13 September 1979, p. 762; D. Adshead, Wimpole: architectural drawings and topographical views, National Trust, 2007, p.70.



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