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Reference number

SM 33/3/B51


[3] Plan of library and lobby


Design for the Gothic Library &c at Stowe


to a scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


as above and The Marquiss of Buckingham (pencil) equal (twice) and A B, G H, and a few dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1895

Medium and dimensions

Pen, some added pencil, sepia and light red washes on wove paper, pricked for transfer (625 x 499)


(attributed to Charles Malton (1788-?, pupil February 1802 - December 1809) and Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848, pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808)


Unfinished plan?


The plan shows the library as an almost square room with the addition of a lobby with a stair at one end.



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