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Reference number

SM 65/1/12


[42] Working drawing for an octagonal dairy


Section of Dairy


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


Henry Peters Esqr, The dairy is to be coved into the / roof 1/3 of the height of the / Roof, cistern and dimensons given (verso) stamped GR / Duty CH . Paper 34 and H (crown ?) 2 73 61 / 1795 and crown within a circle (lettering not readable)

Signed and dated

  • 08/10/1798
    Lincolns Inn Fields Octr 8 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, yellow and red washes on stout wove paper with three fold marks (330 x 450)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. The Soane office Day Book for 8 October 1798 has 'About Drawings of Dairy / Seward'.


see inscription field


The section shows the cove to the roof which is numbered 1, 2 and 3 as a guide to the instruction that the 'Dairy is to be coved into the / Roof 1/3 of the height of the Roof'.
The type of paper used here (and also for drawing [41]) is unusual for Soane's office. It is strong but also bulky and does not lend itself to pricking for transfer, the process where a drawing is pricked through on to a clean sheet of paper and the resulting pin holes joined up.



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