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Reference number

SM 80/1/66 recto & verso


[3] Working drawing for the library, 3 October 1789


Plan and laid-out wall elevations (verso) Cornice to the Library full size and details of Cornice and Pilaster for Bookcases / full size


(recto) bar scale of 1/3 inch to one foot (verso) full size and half-full size


(recto) Section of the Library, The present door gives the heights: the parts of the / bookcases above the door Architraves are one foot in height / A make this pier equal to B, John Raymond Barker Esqr (verso) as above, labelled thickness / of door-styles, Section of Book shelves, Wall line, Shelf, Rebate for doors if hereafter thought necessary, John Raymond Barker Esqr and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 3 October 1789
    (recto) Copy Octr 3d 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash on thin laid paper (504 x 625)


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



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