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Reference number

SM (159) 82/2/42 (160) 82/2/43 (161) 82/2/44 (162) 82/2/45 (163) 82/2/39

Purpose

Working drawings for the bookcases, May 1833 (5)

Aspect

159 Part plan of the basement 160 Part plan of the ground floor 161 Part plan of the first floor and details of Cornice B and Standard A A A &c; (verso) rough pencil plan of an unidentified room 162 Elevation, plans, sections and details of the bookcases; (verso) details of bookcases 163 Elevation of Skeleton Doors / for Library, Section through skeleton doors and details of Parts of the Doors

Scale

(159) bar scale of 7/20 inch to 1 foot (160) to a scale of 7/20 inch to 1 foot (161) bar scale of 7/20 inch to 1 foot and details full size (162, 163) bar scales of 1/4 inch to 1 foot and details full size

Inscribed

159 labelled: No 1, New State Paper Office, A, This Case to range in height / with the others but the / height of the lower doors / & the number of shelves / will be seen by referring / to the Drawing No 1 (A), B and some dimensions given 160 labelled: No 2, New State Paper Office, (pencil) A (twice), B (twice), C (twice), D (twice), E (twice), F (3 times), G (4 times), No 1, No 2, No 3, Omit in / Estimate (twice), (See Drawing / No 4) and dimensions of bookcases given 161 labelled: No 3, New State Paper Office, equal (twice), divided equally (twice), eql division (3 times), The Standards, Skirting, Shelves, Doors &c generally / the same thicknesses as those below, A (twice), B (twice), Skeleton Doors as those below, Door, (pencil) No 1, (pencil) No 2, (pencil) No 3, Shelf, Rebate for high doors, Rebate for low doors and dimensions of bookcases given; (verso, pencil) dimensions given 162 labelled: No 4, New State Paper Office, Mem. The Cases to stand detached from the Wall / half an inch every instance, A, B, C, Section of Press A / Drawing No 1, Section of parts of Book-Case, Wainscot (3 times), Deal (3 times), Deal Wrot, Bearer, A, B, C, For depths / See Plans, Two Estimates will be required the one supposing the Cases made / entirely of Deal the other supposing the Ends, Cornice & Doors / of Wainscot and the Standards &c edged with Wainscot as shewn above and some dimensions given; (verso) Standard / Full Size, Rebate for / Door, Shelf, Back 163 as above, labelled: New State Paper Office, (No 5), A (5 times), B (5 times), C (3 times), (Doors to Cases A & B / see Drawing No 1) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

(159-161) L I Fields / May 1833 (162) Lincolns Inn Fields / 20th May 1833 (163) LIF / May 20th 1833

Medium and dimensions

(159, 160) Pen, pink and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (526 x 686, 518 x 688) (161) pen, pink, yellow, burnt Sienna and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (516 x 650) (162) pen, pink, yellow, grey, burnt Sienna and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with modern repair (532 x 732) (163) pen, sepia and burtn Sienna washes, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper (515 x 355)

Hand

(159-163) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Watermark

(159, 160, 162) Smith & Allnutt 1830

Notes

Drawings 159-161 show the positions of the bookcases in the Deputy Keeper's apartments in the basement and the first floor and gallery levels of the library. The depth of the bookcases ranges from 12¼ inches to 1 foot 5¼ inches with the majority of those in the library being 1 foot 1¼ inches deep. According to the detail on drawing 161, the height of the bookcases on the gallery is 8 feet 9 inches. Drawing 162 shows a method for supporting the shelves, the height of which can be adjusted, and bears a note showing that it had not been decided whether the bookcases should be made entirely of deal or of deal and wainscot. The 'skeleton doors' (drawing 163) shown on the gallery of the library on drawing 161 are 2 feet 10 inches and 7 feet 1¾ inches in height. The doors to cases 'A' and 'B' (drawing 159) are 4 feet and 5 feet 11¾ inches respectively.

Level

Drawing

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