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  • image SM 8/3/14

Reference number

SM 8/3/14


[4] Working drawing for hothouses and gardeners' cottage, 27 April 1793


T-shaped plan labelled: Pinery with alternating Columns and Air Hole[s], Washouse with Stairs to Gardeners / apartments, Seed room, Peachery with Columns and two adjacent Cistern[s], Passage (three times), Fire (twice) indicating flues to pineries and peacheries, and dimensions given


feint pencil bar scale of 1/8 in to 1 ft


as above and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 27 April 1793

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, pencil on thin (secretary) laid paper with four fold marks (312 x 396)


Soane office (SM Day Book missing)


Britannia with spear, shield and olive branch within a crowned oval frame and GR crowned


D.Stroud, Sir John Soane, architect, 2nd ed. 1996, p.119: P.Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.165



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