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  • image SM 30/2/79

Reference number

SM 30/2/79


[23] Variant design for finishings to the library, 31 October 1789


Plan and laid-out wall elevations; rough details of mouldings


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Finishings to Library at Bentley Priory, The Earl of Abercorn, Library, flush bead, (feint pencil) ordered 4.0 / 3.4 --ory --- Mr Pate[r?]son, door arch[itrave] 4" / window ar[chitrave] 5", bookcases / (sheet trimmed) to be Mr (?)Fellowes / (sheet trimmed) Liby frieze like / (sheet trimmed) Mr Windham and dimensions given in pen and pencil

Signed and dated

  • 31 October 1789
    Copy Octr 31st 1789

Medium and dimensions

pen and grey and pink washes, pencil on laid paper partly pricked for transfer (544 x 655)


Attributed to Sanders, John (1768--1826) - Library - Catalogs, draughtsman
attributed to John Sanders (1768 - , pupil 1784-90)



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