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Reference number

SM volume 42/13




Perspectival elevation of a library table or pedestal desk, the apron with a bell-flower (or husk) festoon and with alternative details for the pedestal fronts: oval in mitred corner background, and panel with fluted or reeded surround


No1, 2.10, 6 ft 6 and 3 ft

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia wash, pencil, shaded on laid paper (139 x 206)




(part) GR over bell


In this unfinished drawing there are feint pencil and pen indications on the apron of four drawers and presumably the pedestals would have had cupboards. The length and width are the same as for the previous design for a desk (42/12) and since the medium and hand are the same, it seems safe to assume that they are from the same source, that is, Gillows.



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