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Reference number

SM volume 59/121


[2] Alternative interior perspective design for library


View of a Design for the Gothic Library at Stowe


as above and The Marquiss of Buckingham

Signed and dated

  • 28/01/1805
    Lincoln Inns Field Jany 28th 1805

Medium and dimensions

Pen, raw umber, sepia and blue washes, with muti-ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (313 x 488)


Charles Malton (1788-?, pupil February 1802 - December 1809)


Both designs have three windows and a chimneypiece. Differences (which are not very great) lie in the details of Gothic ornament so that, for example, drawing [2] has the addition of a vertical shrine opposite with the same canopy as the chimneypiece.

The office Day Book (29 January 1805) notes that as well as a plan and section, two 'perspective views' were sent to the Marquis of Buckingham. The drawings catalogued here are likely to be copies of those perspectives.

M.McCarthy's article: 'Soane's 'Saxon' Room at Stowe', Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, (volume XLIV, May 1985, pp.129-146) states that the second design was preferred.



Exhibition history

Giving Our Past a Future: The Work of the World Monuments Fund Britain, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 26 October 2012 - 26 January 2013

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