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  • image SM 33/3/B52

Reference number

SM 33/3/B52


[6] Design for ceiling and wall


Plan of ceiling and elevation of window wall


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


The Marquiss of Buckingham, Design for Gothic Library &c at Stowe

Signed and dated

  • 28/01/1805
    Lincolns Inn Fields Jany 28th1805

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, blue and pink washes, shaded (elevation) and pen and black wash (ceiling) with triple ruled and black wash border on wove paper with one old repair (472 x 680)


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


The plasterwork of the rectangular library ceiling consists of a large circle surrounded by half, quarter and smaller circles, all ornamented with fanned 'leaves'.



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