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Reference number

SM 4/5/14


[6] Design for alterations to the library, 23 January 1801


Plan of the Library and laid-out wall elevations


bar scal of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Samuel Thornton Esqr, Albury Park, labelled: To range with architrave of windows, To range with top of present surbase Moldings (sic), Do with top of Skirting, Bookcase (twice), a (6 times) equal, Present Door

Signed and dated

  • 23 January 1801
    Lincolns Inn Fields Jany 23 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, light red and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (541 x 659)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808.


This design for the Library matches the alterations in drawing [1]. A new entrance has been added in the south-east corner, curved to align with the window opposite and to accommodate the bookcase, which is deeper on the east side of the room than on the west. The bookcases are to Soane's designs.



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