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SM 65/1/11


[41] Working drawing for an octagonal dairy


Plan & Elevations of Dairyy and details of brick and flint work and of door opening at A


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


Henry Peters Esqr, Part at A, Part at B see Elevation, labelled 1 Course of Brick / flints flints / 1 Course of Brick / flints, line of wall, Brick / Brick / flints / Brick and dimensions given (verso) stamped GR / Duty crown / Paper 34S and (stamped) H / 3, 18718 1795 see also drawing [42]

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pen, yellow ochre, sepia and red washes, shaded on stout wove paper with four fold marks (334 x 452)


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


Soane's pencil amendments to drawing [40] of a covered way between the dairy and the scalding room have been drawn out here - the four columns suporting a cistern preferred to an arch. Details for the doorway and for the flintwork with bands of brick are drawn out, and dimensions given.
For a note on the paper used see drawing [42].



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