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SM volume 42/139 recto and verso


Preliminary design


Cross section with an alcove and longitudinal section with a pair of looking glasses and a pair of plaques decorated with a butter urn, both with details of counter and of roof frame; (verso) details to a larger scale of junction of roof and wall with gutter, and (to a still larger scale) a half-column with reeding


(verso, roof detail) bar scale of 1/8 in to 1 in (1/8 full size)


labelled Looking / Glass, Angle bead, (?) Counter and (left hand plaque) indecipherable, and a note Butter churn / surround / with oak leaves / Butter Bats, dimensions given, calculations and (verso) dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, hatching, some pencil on laid paper with two fold marks and folded once to fit (384 x 305)




Britannia with spear, shield and olive branch within a crowned oval frame and L Munn


Soane designed a notable dairy in 1783. See under Soane: Hammels Park, Hertfordshire: designs for a dairy in a primitive, rustic style for Mrs Yorke, 1783. However, the design catalogued here, differently proportioned and with a tiled or slated roof and reeded columns does not seem to be related to that design unless it was an early idea - later discarded.



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