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  • image SM 64/6/1

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SM 64/6/1


[168] Design for sheds near the stable block, 30 October 1800


Plan; elevation; and section


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Section from A to B, 14'0, A, B, 7'6", Shed for wood &c / 3'5 by 12' // Qy will this be better as an open shed, Lumber shed / 19 by 12, Slaughter house / 20 by 12, Fasting / Penn / 7 by 12, Wheelers Shop / 22 by 12, Smiths Shop / 16 by 12, Shoeing Place / 15 by 12, Manger, Stable; (verso) Sir // As you did not send me the Drawing for the sheds / Please to inform me if the within has your approbation / I believe the Slaughter house & Smiths shop are / such as the Butcher and Smith will like // Mr Praed desired me to say he shall be at / Mr Alexander's, No9 Bedford Row tomorrow / and will be glad to see you there. // He will be much obliged to you to remind him / that he has to speak to you about the sheds, / about a Lamp for to be placed over the / Door of the Saddle Room, and about my going / to Cornwall; Likewise about the Clock // I informed Mr Praed you had told me your / Ideas about the sheds, and that I had formd / the within Drawing, as near as I could to coincide / with them // I am Sir / Your Faithful Servt / Henry Provis, Newport Pagnell atn thirty / two / John Soane Esqr / Lincolns Inn Fields / For W Praed

Signed and dated

  • 30 October 1800
    Tyringham / Octr 30 1800

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey, pink and yellow washes on laid paper with seven fold marks (399 x 322)


Henry Provis (1760 - 1830), draughtsman
Henry Provis (clerk of works at Tyringham)


1795 and fleur-de-lis


P. Dean, Sir John Soane and London, 2006, p. 185.



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