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  • image SM 64/6/23

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SM 64/6/23


[35] Design for siting the farm yard, c. 1794


Ground plan showing alternative orientations of the farm yard with flier pinned to sheet showing a plan of the farm yard


bar scale of 1/13 inch to 10 feet


Wood, Kitchen Garden, Ratford / Orchard, Ratford / Garden, Ratford House, New Barn, Elsom / Garden, Elsom House, Elsom Barn, (red pen) lettered A to H corresponding to key A.A. Poulterers Apartments / B. Scalding Room / C. Utensil Room / D. Fountain 30 ft Diameter / E Roosting House 40 ft by 20 / F Hen House 20 ft by 20 / G House for Ducks & Geese 20 by 20 / H Poultry Yard 150 ft by 130 ft, The Square space enclosed with red lines / is the intended farm yard 209 ft by 240 ft, and flier labelled: wall --- 89.4 and lettered F to R; (verso) 154 East & West / Sides / 171 South / & North

Signed and dated

  • c. 1794

Medium and dimensions

pencil, pen and grey and pink washes, brown pen, on laid paper with four fold marks and flier secured with pin (374 x 454)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office


horn within crowned cartouche with GR below and IV


D. Stroud, 'The charms of natural landscape: the park and gardens at Wimpole II', Country Life, 13 September 1979, p. 760.



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