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SM 8/5/13


[24] Working drawing for a music table


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bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


The Duke of Leeds, Blue Silk / with brass wire, Elevation of a Music table, Plan of the Top, Plan of the lower part and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields Augst: 8th 1797

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, shaded on secretary paper (373 x 223)


The office Day Book for 8 August 1797 has the pupils Good, Jeans and Seward doing other work and it is not clear who made this drawing. Competently done perhaps by the cabinet maker?


J Taylor


The cabinet with shelves must have been intended for the music room that in Brettingham's design was on the first floor facing St James's Square. A pair of columns, tapered and layered with fluted, winding and plain shafts helps to support the top and stands between the shelves and the cabinet doors.



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