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SM 8/4/1


[15] Designs for offices, 23 February 1789


Ground floor, Plan of offices


as above, The Honble John James Hamilton, Bentley Priory and plan labelled: Laundry, fixt ironing board, mangle, folding talbe hung, closett, heater and / stove, passage, Wash house, wash[in]g / tub, dresser hung / with hinges, copper (twice), Brewhouse, platform / for coolers, arch, mashing / tub, copper, platform above coolers, and dimensions given; (verso) The Honble John James Hamilton _ Bentley Priory, Plan of Ground floor of offices

Signed and dated

  • 23 February 1789
    Feby 23rd 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey, pink, black and yellow washes, within single-ruled border on laid paper (454 x 269)


Attributed to Pupil 1786-91 John McDonnell, draughtsman
attributed to John McDonnell (1770- , pupil, 18 March 1786 to 1791)



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