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SM 8/3/26


[6] Alternative design for a hothouse, plan, section, roof, 1 October 1792


Plan; section; and diagram of the Pitch of the Roof


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, Hot House at Wimpole, Bark Bed, Passage (twice), Flue, Fire, Fire N1, Bark, Fire No 1, lettered A to C corresponding with key: A is higher than B by 1'10"½ / C.C. passages and dimensions given; (verso) John Soane Esqr / Great Scotland Yard / Whitehall, Octr 1 1792 / The Earl of Hardwicke / Wimple / Drawing of Hothouse

Signed and dated

  • 1 October 1792
    Octr 1st 1792 / H. Provis

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and wash, brown pen on laid paper with four fold marks and traces of red sealing wax (401 x 325)


Henry Provis, draughtsman
Henry Provis (clerk of works at Wimpole)


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


Drawing 6 shows an alternative design made by the clerk of works at Wimpole and sent to Soane. It shows a single room surrounded by glazing on three sides, with sheds against a hollow back wall. Stoves in this wall (or within it) heat air that is to circulate within flues that surround the room. A passage circulates around the planting bed at varied levels.



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