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  • image SM 64/4/77

Reference number

SM 64/4/77


[22] Preliminary design for stables by Soane


Plan, elevations, sections and details


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


Robert Dennistoun Esqre, Plan No 1, labelled: Gates, Coachouse, Stable, Stable Court, Pump (twice), Saddlery, Byre, Sow House, Sow Court, Trough (twice) Dung Pit Open, Dung / Pit / Closed, Poultry, Rabbits, X door to take [illegible], No 2 Front next Mews, No 3 / Section through Stable Court / & Harness, No 4 / Section through Stables & Stable Court, No 5 and dimensions given. List as follows: Coachouse 9 by 16 / Saddles 6 / 16 x 10 / Stables 16 x 23, Byre 7 by 10 / Necessary 2.9 by 5 / Sow Court 3:6 by 10 / Sow house / Dung pit open / do close Qy [query] / Poultry 7 by 8 / Rabbits 7 by 3:6 / Court 23 by 55 / (next to a pencil list of the same but without dimensions).

Signed and dated

  • 06/01/1799
    Jany 6 1799

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, hatching, pencil on wove paper with one fold mark (528 x 667)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837)


The drawing is by Soane who numbers parts of it (1,2,3,4,5) to indicate what is to be separately drawn out by Seward. The design is for a single stables, later drawings are for twin stables. The inclusion of quarters for rabbits, poultry and pigs (sow house and sow court) was perhaps for the enjoyment of the numerous Dennistoun children - or to be eaten?



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