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  • image SM 33/3/B55

Reference number

SM 33/3/B55


[49] Design for chimneypiece with canopy


Elevation of the Chimney Piece with Plan of the Chimney


to a scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


as above, The Marquis of Buckingham, Gothic Library at Stowe, Canopy as in the drawing / of the opposite Compartment, Looking Glass (twice), Portrait of Mr Astle, White marble (twice) and 3 : 9

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Green, blue, raw umber, sepia and light red washes, with triple ruled and sepia wash border, partly pricked for transfer, on wove paper (695 x 485)


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


Regarding the 'Portrait of Mr Astle' see note to drawing [47] and see [54] for the executed fireplace.



Exhibition history

Giving Our Past a Future: The Work of the World Monuments Fund Britain, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 26 October 2012 - 26 January 2013

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