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  • image SM 39/3/27

Reference number

SM 39/3/27


[27] Working drawing for library bookcases


Plans, sections and elevations of bookcases


bar scale of 1½ inches to 1 foot


Col Graham, AB, CD, EF, EF, Elevations of the Bookcases opposite Chimney, Section on the line A-B, Elevation of Bookcase on the side of Chimney, Section on the line C-D, Plan of the Bookcase opposite Chimney, Plan of the Bookcase on the side of the Chimney, NB the Bookcases to be put up so / that Doors may be hung at any / future time, White Marble (4 times)

Signed and dated

  • 03/12/1798
    Lincolns Inn Fields Decr 3 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, shaded, pricked for transfer, on wove paper with three fold marks (543 x 676)


The office Day Book for 3 December 1798 has Hake working on drawings for Colonel Graham, that is, Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848), pupil and assistant May 1795 - September 1808


A white marble moulding runs around the room at a height of about 18 inches and the shelves are spaced to suit different-sized books. Allowance is made for doors to the shelves at a future time.



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