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R provides several frameworks for composing figures. Base graphics is the simplest, `grid` is more advanced, and the `lattice`/`ggplot` packages provide convenient abstractions of the `grid` graphics system. Multi-element figures can be readily created in base graphics using either `par()` or `layout()`, with analogous functions available in `grid`. Mixing the two systems is a little more complicated, somewhat fragile, but entirely possible.

I recently needed to combine base+grid graphics on a single page; two sets of base graphics on the left, and the output from `xyplot()` (`grid`) on the right. Following some tips from Paul Murrell posted on r-help, the solution was fairly simple. A truncated example of the processes is listed below, corresponding to the attached figure. While the result was "good enough" for a quick summary, there are clearly some improvements that would make figure more useful.

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