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SM 28/6/15


[24] Design for the library, 1-2 September 1789


Plan and laid out wall elevations with pencil details of joinery; (verso, Soane) rough pencil details for column, and egg and dart moulding with a few calculations


bar scale of ¼ inch to one foot


Door through, this idea Sepr 1 1789 Execute this vide Sep 1 1789, Clos[e] at will / a door and (Bailey) Plan & Sections of the Library, (verso) some pencil calculations

Signed and dated

  • 1 September 1789 - 2 September 1789
    Sepr 2nd / 1789 (on plan, 1 September 1789)

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes (the walls a light green) within ruled black pen border on laid paper (588 x 470)


Sanders, John (1768--1826), draughtsman
John Sanders (pupil 1 September 1784-90)


Portal & Bridges, fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche, and GR below



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