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SM volume 68/12


[18] Presentation drawing of the drawing room, looking south, 10 December 1791


Perspective looking south through the barrel vaulted north arm


Drawing Room at Wimple, The Earl of Hardwicke

Signed and dated

  • 10 December 1791
    Thos Chawner Decr 10th 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey and blue washes, within single-ruled border on laid paper (457 x 285)


Thomas Chawner (1774 - 1851), draughtsman
Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-1794)


pasted down


C. Woodward, 'Dancing Soane: the Yellow Drawing Room at Wimpole Hall', Apollo, April 1999, pp. 9-10.



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