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SM 8/3/32


[7] Variant design for a hothouse, elevation, section, rough plan, 27 April 1793


Longitudinal elevation; longitudinal section; rough plan


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot, approximately


Vines, Peachery, Vines, Peachery; (verso) The Earl of Hardwick / Plans & Elevations / of Pinery &c

Signed and dated

  • 27 April 1793
    April 27 1793

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper with one fold mark (390 x 311)


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


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


Drawing 7 is a similar layout to the executed design, with two hothouses and a greenhouse between. The greenhouse is backed by a taller building, perhaps the intended gardener's house. The section shows how the greenhouse would contain iron columns for peaches and vines to climb. The hothouses are each nine bays long and contain two chimneys. The drawing appears unfinished. A rough drawing in the upper right-hand corner of the sheet shows the substantial building in plan.



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