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SM volume 41/72


[2] Record drawing of an alternative design for the stables


Ground plan showing stables on a rectangular plan


to a scale


Lord Mulgrave

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey and pink wash, on laid paper (364 x 244) bound into Precedents in Architecture SM volume 41


John Sanders (1768 -, pupil 1784-90)




SM volume 41/71 and SM volume 41/72 are alternative designs for the proposed stables and offices, also showing an outline of the proposed house. With its proposed additions, the house is on an elongated L-shaped plan, the west front being symmetrical with bow windows at both ends and the entrance front having an asymmetrical elevation with a semicircular portico. The offices and stables, in pink on both plans, extend to the north and are on axis with each other.

In SM volume 41/71, the stables are arranged on a semicircular plan, with three principal buildings arranged around a court approximately 81 feet 3 inches by 84 feet 6 inches. SM volume 41/72 has the stable ranges on a simpler rectilinear arrangement, consisting of three separate buildings. In both designs, entrances to the stables court bookend the south office range.

The offices in both drawings are on a rectangular plan; in SM volume 41/71 the offices are linked to the house.



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