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Reference number

SM 37/4/2


[6] Design for the vaulted space beneath the Cottonian Library


Ground floor plan


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


210, 90, (later hand) No 2

Signed and dated

  • 1733

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia (brown) wash on laid paper, bound in volume (320 x 486)


Stephen Wright - 1780)
Dimensions in Kent's hand.


The vaulted space shown in this drawing is on the east, river side of the building, beneath the Cottonian Library. It differs from the design in drawing [3] by being wider and having niches in the north, south and west walls and spiral staircases in the north-east and south-east corners. These give access to the library, above.



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