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SM 8/3/23


[1] Design for a greenhouse, 2 March 1789


Elevation of Greenhouse and Plan of Greenhouse and (verso, brown pen) sketch plan, section, elevation and details (verso, pencil to a larger scale) rough plan


(recto) bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Hon ble John James Hamilton (verso, brown pen, calculations of cost) Paving &c 40 / 3 p-- (illegible) (?) Birch 30 / Lead 3 /Paving 726 (the number of paving slabs?)1 - (illegible)/ Stone Steps 50 (ft ?) 10 / Plaister ---- (illegible) 10 / ---- (illegible) 6 / (?) Cornice 5 / Painter / 3 / Lock & hinges / 1 / Thatch 10 / £135 and Steps from level of / Ground to floor of / Greenhouse and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 2 March 1789
    Welbeck Street March 2d 89

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, Indian red and yellow washes within single-ruled border (verso) brown pen, pencil; on cartridge paper (493 x 300)


Pupil 1786-91 John McDonnell, draughtsman
John McDonnell (pupil 1786-1791)



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