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  • image SM 64/5/31

Reference number

SM 64/5/31


[88] Initial design for stables


Plan and front elevation


rough bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


The Lord Eliot, labelled Yard for Dung, Gate / for | Cay | Dung, 2 Stalls / or Loose Stable (twice), Harness, Hay (twice), Hay & Corn, Harness (twice), Entrance, Qy[query] Ride --- to --- (?) House and a few dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 07/12/1805
    Decr 7 1805

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on laid paper (552 x 341)


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


The earliest surviving drawing for stables at Port Eliot was made by Seward presumably after discussion with Soane since the adoption of a castellated style is unusual (for Soane). Ptolemy Dean's notes for the Soane Monuments Trust (Soane Museum library, date?) state that the stables at Port Eliot are 'possibly Soane's most original stables'.



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