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Reference number

SM 4/5/13


[46] Design for the Library, 5 June 1802


Perspective of the Library


as above, Samuel Thornton Esqr

Signed and dated

  • 5 June 1802
    Lin Inn Fields June 5 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes, pricked for transfer within nine ruled sepia wash border on wove paper (355 x 437)


Soane Office


The Library is at the centre of the principal floor. In an earlier plan this is the Eating Room (drawing [12]). The room has two entrances on the south side, either side of a chimneypiece with a Soanean mirror. Opposite, facing north, are three full-height sash windows. The west side of the room is occupied by bookcases designed by Soane, above which are three equal arched recesses containing busts and a globe. Above the two busts are two decorative roundels, and above the globe is a pediment with antefixes. The ceiling is coved.



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