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  • image SM 77/3/59

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SM 77/3/59


[27] Working drawing of finishings to the library, Details of mouldings, 3 November 1789


Details of mouldings showing: Surbase moldings to library; architrave to windows in library; elevation of bookcases at the top; and section of bookcases at the top


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as above, The Earl of Abercorn, Moldings to bookcases in library, full size, The bed moulding only / of cornice is to break / over the pilasters, bead, rebate, front of shelf, shelves, Pilaster, bead, rebate, slip, to support, shelves, section of shelf, slip, slip, The width of architraves to doors / is determined by the space in / the angles C in the section The / profile to be like that to the windows, full size

Signed and dated

  • 3 November 1789
    Welbeck Street Novr 3d 1789

Medium and dimensions

pen and pink wash, pencil, on laid paper (530 x 656)


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



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