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  • image SM 8/4/7

Reference number

SM 8/4/7


[45] Design for an ice house


Plans Sections & Elevations of / an Ice HouseThe Ground Plan, Plan at C-D (see Section), Elevation of the Front, Section A B See Plan, Section E F (see Plan)


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Ground Plan, Plan at C D (see Section), Elevation of the Front, Section A B See Plan, SectionE F (see Plan), Reference to Plan G D / G G are the Holes in the Section /marked G G / The Planks to be laid with spaces / between for the Water to Run off, A B, E F, G D, and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 11/08/1798
    (Copy) Lincolns Inn Fields Augst 11 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, red and yellow washes, shaded on wove paper with one old fold marks, recently re-backed (520 x 625)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. The Soane office Day Book for 11 August 1798 gives [George] Mansfield and Seward as working on drawings for Betchworth Castle.
George Mansfield
Surveyor 1 May 1797 - December 1808.


The plan for the ice house is circular with a front that is triangular.
Filed with the drawing (other than designs for brew houses and water houses) is another design for an ice house (8/4/5-6) with the same practical cup and dome construction used at Betchworth. Soane published plans and sections for an ice house in Sketches in Architecture, 1793, plate XLIII



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