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  • image SM 8/3/27

Reference number

SM 8/3/27


[1] Design for a hothouse, plan, sections, elevation, August 1792


Plan of the Hothouse; cross section; Section through the tall wall of [the] Hothouse; Elevation of front of Hothouse


bar scale of 1/9 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Earl of Hardwicke, Passage (four times), Brick on edge (four times), Tan Pit (twice), Glass Partition, 110 feet, fix'd Sash, door / 3.0, door, Tan pit, level of Passage A, dimensions given, (pencil) A Copy of this Drawing / Mr Soane took to the Duke / of Leeds - making the whole / Extent - 100 feet - Aug 11 179(?)1 / feet / 100

Signed and dated

  • August 1792
    Great Scotland Yard / Augt 1792

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and pink, grey, yellow and black washes on laid paper (489 x 380)


Attributed to Frederick Meyer (1775), draughtsman
attributed to Frederick Meyer (1775-?, pupil 1791-1796)


IV and fleur-de-lis


This design for a hothouse shows Soane's use of contemporary innovations in gardening technology. The hothouse has two rooms divided by a glass partition and covered in glazed roofs and one wall of glass. A hollow brick wall surrounds the rooms and is full of hot air. The rooms each house a large planting bed made of brick. The beds, called 'tar pits', are to be full of oak bark and planted with pineapples. The fermenting bark would heat the plants, thus providing a warm environment for the growth of tropical plants.



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