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[54] Design for an unidentified new building, 19 August 1803


Plan, two elevations and transverse section; (verso) plan and two elevations of a cottage or brew house


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Samuel Thornton Esqr, labelled: Tile Heads (3 times); (verso) Front next Bridge, next Cottage Chy, 7.0 / & 7 feet high, Bridge, (pencil) Copper door / 1.4 high / 1.6 wide / Mash tub (or tun) on b----- / No Lights and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 19 August 1803
    Lincolns Inn Fields Augt 19th 1803

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, light red and yellow washes, (verso: pencil and brown pen) on laid paper, bound into volume (558 x 678)


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The building on the recto of drawing [54] is unidentified. The large, arched openings suggest that it might be a coach house, although this would not explain the presence of the chimneypiece. On the verso is a design for another building - possibly a cottage, although the references in pencil to a 'Copper door' and 'Mash tub' hint that it might in fact be a brew house or distillery.



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