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Reference number

SM 33/3/B58


[47] Design for chimneypiece with canopy


Plan and elevation and (verso) plan


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot and (verso) full size


as above, Chimney Piece &c for Gothic Library - Stowe, The Marq: of Buckingham, Canopies over Chimney, Glass, equal, Picture of Mr Astle, height measure and some dimensions given and (verso) Plan of the Chimney Piece & part opposite / full size, Line of Shelf with some calculations

Signed and dated

  • July 1805
    July 1805 and (verso) Nov: 11 1805

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, yellow and sepia washes, on laid paper (640 x 537) (verso) pen, pencil and light red wash


Soane office hand and (verso) the Soane office Day Book for 11 November 1805 has Malton and Seward working on Stowe, that is Charles Malton (1788-?, pupil February 1802 - December 1809) and Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848, pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808)


'Plan of the Chimney Piece & part opposite / full size' (hearth)


The plan of the hearth was added about four months after the plan and elevation on the recto. The hearth is quite small compared with, say, one of Soane's own (first floor front room of No.14 Lincolns Innn Fields). Drawing [54] shows the executed fireplace.

The inscription 'Picture of Mr Astle' refers to Thomas Astle, whose collection of Saxon manuscripts was left to George Grenville, Marquis of Buckingham for the nominal sum of five hundred pounds in 1803. This acquisition then made necessary the construction of the Gothic Library.



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