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  • image SM 8/3/4

Reference number

SM 8/3/4


[5] Working drawing for greenhouse


Elevation of Greenhouse


3/8 inch to 1 foot


as as above and William Astell Esqre

Signed and dated

  • 00/04/1813
    Lincolns Inn Fields / April 1813

Medium and dimensions

Pen, green, burnt Sienna, sepia and yellow washes with triple ruled and sepia wash border (500 x 695)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office


The greenhouse was to be sited on the left-hand side of the front elevation in front of 'part of the library' and 'part of the hall[. This relationshiip perhaps suggests that Astell was to take charge of it himself.



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