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Reference number

SM volume 42/138


Sketch design


Plan and elevation with alternative plans


dimensions given and some calculations

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (340 x 229)




post horn within a crowned cartouche and JB below


Related to the previous drawing (42/137) which it probably preceded, the plans have the same layout and dimensions and the elevations are similar. Additionaly, Soane experiments here with the plan form, trying out an octagonal core with three rectangular additions.
For this and previous drawing (42/137) see also (in Sketchbooks catalogue): 'Miscellaneous Sketches 1777', largely by Henry Holland (SM volume 38, 12-13) for a design for a 'Porters Lodge' on an octagon within a square plan, and with an adjacent 'Washouse' containing a copper, sink and pump made in about 1777 for a 'Mr Brand'.
See also (Soane's early works, 1770-1785): Hammels Park, Hertfordshire: designs for a dairy in a primitive, rustic style for Mrs Yorke, 1783 (7)


P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, chapter 12, "In the Primitive Manner of Building", pp.245-64



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