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SM 65/1/9


[36] Design for a small dairy


The Plan of a Dairy with pencil addition of a scalding room (verso, pencil) sketch plans and elevation by Soane for an octagonal dairy, plan for a rectangular dairy, both with a scalding rooms and elevation of an entrance framed by columns and pediment


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, some dimensions and calculations given and (verso) Lower Roof / for plain tiless, Brick floor/ -- / Pai-- ( illegible), Staircase / 2 feet wide, dimensions given and some calculations

Signed and dated

  • 00/07/1798
    Lincolns Inn Fields July 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen and red wash on laid paper (469 x 285)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Recto by Henry Hake Seward, pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. The office Day Books give Seward as working on dairy for Henry Peters Esqr on 18 July 1798 and also on 19 July.
Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837)
Verso of drawing by Soane.


fleur de lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR


This first design for a dairy is for a single cell measuring 20 feet by 14 feet with a projecting porch balanced, on the opposite side, by a slightly larger extension with window. Soane has pencilled in the outline of a scaldng room.



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