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SM 28/6/19


[23] Design for the library, 1789


Plan, laid out wall elevations, Profile of / Console to Support / table of Marble, with explanation of Finishings to Library


bar scale of 1/6 inch to one foot and bar scale of 6 inches to one foot approximately


as above, Library, After full consideration I am satisfied the best way of finishing the Library, will be according / to the first design with the addition of Bookcases between the Windows as per drawing; which / should range with the tops of the architraves so as not to divide the line, the Pediments will / be better away, This bookcase stands two inches above the Marble Slab, but if it Stood Somewhat higher would / be better, & is Supported with Square / blocks, Profile of / Console to Support / table of Marble, The Cases marked F consist of 2 doors of unequal / dimensions for the purpose of preserving the / Great Pannels of the Same width all / round the Rooms, P. P. P. &c G. Pannels, The Pediments over the Bookcases / between the Windows may be omitted / I. flush Beads / The Widths between the beads on the doors / D. & G. are to correspond with the width / of the door H., The Magazins (sic, see Notes below ) of the doors marked E to be 4½ Ins wide / do -------------- marked F to be 2¼ wide / NB A.B. a small flush bead at these Edges. / The doors to open at C and to be fasten'd with flush / bolts, at top & bottom. / The Door D to be fasten'd in the same manner and lettered A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K and P, (of profile) Marble Slab, This bookcase stands two inches above the Marble Slab, but if it stood somewhat higher would / be better, K. is supported with Square / blocks, Robert Fellowes Esqr Shottisham

Signed and dated

  • 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, light red and yellow washes, partly pricked for transfer, on wove paper (335 x 545)


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



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