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Reference number

SM volume 42/72A


Working drawing




bar scale of 1½ ins to 1 ft (1/8 full size)


Lord Craven, W and E, 2 feet and 4:3

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1774-5

Medium and dimensions

Pen on tracing paper (272 x 151)


traced by Soane, Henry Holland office


'Lord Craven' refers to 6th Lord Craven of Benham Place, Berkshire. The house was built by Henry Holland in collaboration with Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, 1774-5 (H.Colvin, Biographical dictionary of British architects, 1600-1840, 3rd ed., 1995). The elegant weather vane has a waisted baluster-like stem, an elegant arrow-shaped vane and compass letters.A mis-numbering of drawings in this volume by an earlier curator has resulted in two drawings being numbered 42/72.


D.Stroud, Henry Holland, 1966, pp.36-9



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