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Reference number

SM volume 42/12




Perspectival elevation of a library writing table (or pedestal desk) with drawers in the apron and bow-fronted pedestals with cupboards, and with a brass rail (gallery) supported by four metal colonettes


No 2, 2 ft 10, 6 f 6

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia wash, pencil, shaded, on laid paper (171 x 210)


? Gillows


(part) post horn within a crowned cartouche


A plain, generously proportioned and businesslike library writing table or desk. For another, even plainer design for a desk from the same source see following drawing (42/13). The attribution to Gillows for both designs is based on style, the manner of inscription and also an order for two library stools and a step ladder, between 1784 and 1787 (Gillow archive, Westminister City Archive, 344/93/405. p.[xxxvi]). On Gillows see note to 42/11



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