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  • image SM 39/3/24

Reference number

SM 39/3/24


[25] Working drawing for library on first floor


Plan and laid out wall elevations with full size details of mouldings


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


Colonel Graham, No 1, Library, Door linings ½ full size, Moldings at A full size, Moldings at B full size,This door in the Center / of Anti Room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 05/05/1798
    Lincolns Inn Fields May 5 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, shaded, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (560 x 642)


The office Day Book for 5 May 1798 has Hake working on drawings for Colonel Graham, that is, Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848), pupil and assistant May 1795 - September 1808


None of the ground floor or first floor plans [5]-[7] are inscribed 'library'. However, the two French windows (with space in between) suggest that the library is in the front room of the first floor. On drawing [6] the room measures 15:11¼ by19' :9; here it is about 19 feet square. There are shelves for books on two walls and to the right of the round arched central door is a concealed jib door that gives on to the anteroom.



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