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SM 64/3/99


[1] Design for a cowhouse, plan and elevation, 1783


The [ground floor] Plan of a Design to contain 30 Cows, Calves &c and Elevation of the back front of a Design for a Cowhouse


with scale bar of 1/9 in to 1 ft (approximately)


as above, George Smith Esqr,All the windows in the North front are proposed to be glazed; the others Louvre boarded, Height of the Rooms 12 feet, labelled 4 Cows, 7 Cows, 15 feet Squre, Calves,The Passage of communication, Bull and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1783
    J Soane Margaret St Cavendish Square (pencil) London
    Datable to 1783 in accord with drawings 2-4

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light green washes, some watercolour technique, shaded, pencil added later, partly pricked for transfer, within double ruled and black wash border on laid paper with three fold marks (442 x 574)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


J Whatman, fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar, and below, ornate W


J.Soane, Plans, elevations and sections of buildings ..., 1788, pl. XXXVI; P.du Prey, 'Oblivion for Soane's cow barn?', Country Life, 1976, CLIX, p.84; P.du Prey, John Soane; the making of an architect, 1982, pp.9-10; D. Stroud, Sir John Soane, architect, 2nd ed. 1996, pp.54, 241; P.Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.168; M.Richardson and M.Stevens (eds), John Soane architect: master of space and light, 1999, p.120



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