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SM 65/1/10


[44] Working drawing for interior of octagonal dairy


Plan and laid out wall elevations


to a scale


labelled floor to Covered Way, Dairy floor and some dimensions give. Letter from Walter Payne, Soane's clerk of works reads: Sir / I have sent the Plan and Sections of the / dairy shall be glad to have the finishings / as soon as Convenient B is the floor / of Water Cistern - the Roof will be / ready for the Slater on Monday / next the Bricklayer will have one /side Building up in the Course of next/ week. The Work is most finish and / for the Eating room but Mrr Peters / wish to delay the (?) finishing as General / Morrison is here the Carpenters / are preparing Work for the / Lodge ' Waltr Payne Septr 4 99 // Shall be glad of a Remittance / for 25 Pounds in the / Course of this Week

Signed and dated

  • 04/09/1799
    Septr 4-99

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red and yellow washes on laid (secretary) paper with four fold marks (for posting) (320 x 387)


Walter Payne
Walter Payne was Soane's long-standing clerk of works. He was first employed as clerk of works at the Bank of England from 1789 and remained there until Soane's resignation in 1833. He was the clerk of works for Soane's Pitzhanger house and he and his wife were left an annuity in Soane's will.
D.Stroud, Sir John Soane Architect, 1984, pp.64, 73n, 76; G. Darley, John Soane, an Accidental Romantic, 1999, p.92
See also [47] for a letter by Payne.


General [George] Morrison was the father of Charlotte Peters, that is, Henry Peter's father-in-law.



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