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  • image SM 77/3/56

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SM 77/3/56


[24] Working drawing of finishings to the library, Elevation and Plan of West End, 3 November 1789


Elevation of the West End of Library; Plan of the West End of Library; and rough details of mouldings


bar scale of 7/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Earl of Abercorn, Bookcase (four times), Base moldings, C (twice), elevation labelled (Soane) leave a / bead but do / not cut the / shutter, cut here / but not / until ordered, Beaded capping, flush bead, architrave to the window, panl sqr (twice), pilaster (three times), Standard, and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 3 November 1789
    Welbeck Street Novr 3d 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey and yellow washes, pencil, on laid paper (614 x 531)


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



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