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Reference number

SM (39) 82/1/34


Variant design for the library with the gallery supported by columns, 1829


39 Interior perspective of the library

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia, blue and caput washes with single ruled border on laid paper (297 x 408)


Soane office


C Ansell 1824


The gallery in the library on drawing 39 is supported by cast iron columns, whereas in drawings 22, 30 and 38 it is supported by brackets. The skylights here have coved bases.



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