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Reference number

SM 37/4/2

Purpose

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

Aspect

Ground floor plan

Scale

bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

210, 90, (later hand) No 2

Medium and dimensions

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

Hand

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

Notes

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.

Level

Drawing

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