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Reference number

SM 33/3/B32


[8] Designs for ceiling and wall to a larger scale


Part of the Plan shewing the Cieling and Part of the [wall] Section on the Line L - M


to a scale


As above, The Marquis of Buckingham, Design for part of the Gothic Library at Stowe and No 6

Signed and dated

  • 15/03/1805
    Lincolns Inn Fields March 15th 1805

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia and pink washes, shaded with triple ruled and black wash border on wove paper, partly pricked for transfer (705 x 496)


The office Day Book for 15 March 1805 gives Seward and Malton as working on Stowe, that is Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848, pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808) and Charles Malton (1788-?, pupil February 1802 - December 1809)


Seward's greater experience probably shows itself here. The detailing for the panelling flanking the fire-place is strong but lean and echoes the ornament for the ceiling.



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