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Vita Sackville-West's writing desk, Sissinghurst Castle

Sackville-West, Vita (Victoria Mary) (1892-1962)
NOTES: This Elizabethan manor house, based on a double courtyard, with a central red-brick tower, was built by Sir Richard Baker in 1560-1570. It was saved from dereliction when Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson bought Sissinghurst, which included 400 acres of farmland, in 1930.

Collingwood, house off the Portsmouth Road, Camberley, Surrey: the study seen from the music corner

Womersley, Peter (1923-1993)
NOTES: Built largely of timber, this was the second house Womersley built for his brother, a managing director of a furniture company. This image is one of many taken for the book 'New single-storey houses' by Penelope Whiting (London: The Architectural Press, 1966).

St Ann's Court, St Ann's Hill, Chertsey, Surrey: the study

McGrath, Raymond (1903-1977)
NOTES: This house was built for the landscape architect Christopher Tunnard who collaborated with Raymond McGrath on the design of the interior furnishings.

The Rig, Gattonside, Melrose, Borders: the study overlooking the garden with the architectural drawings of the bungalow laid out on the desk

Womersley, Peter (1923-1993)
NOTES: Peter Womersley designed the house for himself, but also saw it as a potential model for mass production.

St Marylebone Town Hall and Public Library extension, Marylebone Road, London: the reference library with domed ceiling

Cooper, Sir Edwin (1873-1942)
NOTES: The Town Hall (now Westminster Council House) and Public Library were built in two phases. The older part comprising the tower in the Wren style was built in 1912-1918. The later extension flanking Upper Montagu Street was built in 1938-1940.