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Reference number

SM 33/3/B18


[37] Plan for outside sash (approved)


Plan of the Centre Window shewing the outside & inside Sashes


to a scale


as above, The Marquis of Buckingham, Gothic Library Stowe, Folding Sash hung with Hinges (twice), Grooves for Wheel of Chair / may be either fixed or moveable, Should the Steps exceed / the whole width of the / Arch as here shewn or / only between the Grooves / for the wheel chair, This drawing approved by the Marq: of Buckingham & returned by Mr. Rothwell Nov.23 1805, Note the Steps to be executed as above, Design / No 1 and (feint pencil) The Steps to be / Executed at Stowe / to the Width between / the dotted Lines

Signed and dated

  • 11/11/1805
    Lincolns Inn Fields Novr 11th 1805

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil cancellations, black and yellow washes on laid paper, pricked for transfer (650 x 550)


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


Designs 'No1' and 'No2' seem similar except that 'No1' has notes that allow for some flexibility - 'fixed or moveable'. There is mention of a 'Wheel Chair' - 'superimposed on the steps from the garden' (M.McCarthy, 'Soane's "Saxon" Room at Stowe', Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, XLIV, p.137) and the steps shown here have been cancelled.



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