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  • image SM 65/1/7

Reference number

SM 65/1/7


[39] Presentation drawing for a hen house, 5 July 1794


Section of Hen Nests, Plan of Hen Nests, Elevation of Hen Nests


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


(mostly upper case) as above, The Earl of Hardwicke, Line of flap when extended, Line of flap when opened, Nest, Bearers, Wall Line, Wall Line, Shelf, Door shut, Door open, Door half open, lettered A to L (multiple times) corresponding with key: C 3/4 deal flaps clamp'd.. Stiles (fastened to Wall) molded / on the outside edge, & mitred, of a sufficient thickness to / receive the two flaps hung with 11" x Garnets .. Then flaps / are to keep the top of the laying Places clean // d... 1" deal rebated flaps to tops of laying Places, lay flush / the top and flap of the same thickness, the top mitred / all round & molded in front .. flaps hung with butt / hinges and rings // e... Backs, fronts, sides and divisions of inch deal mitred / at the external & grooved in the internal angles // f.. Molded Impost nail'd on & mitred round angles. // g... 3/4 fillets, 3/8 thick, mitred round angles, h... 1" deal ogee Plinth mitred all round // i... 1/4 deal doors to slide (in two widths meeting in / the center ) to shut up nests.. holes in the doors / to give air when shut .. 3/4 deal rebated grown / nailed on the inside of front // k... Inch deal bottom on bearers // l 3/4 deal shelf and front to contain Eggs when taken / out of nests and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 5 July 1794
    July 5: 1794

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and sepia, yellow and grey washes, brown pen, within quadruple-ruled black wash border on laid paper (558 x 437)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office and Soane
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Soane office and Soane


J Larking and fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR


J.M. Robinson, Georgian model farms, 1983, p.103.



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