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SM 77/1/45


[4] Working drawings for roof truss and gutter


Elevation of truss and detail of gutter


1 inch to 1 foot and to a larger scale


The Revd Mr Richards, The back board of Gutter to go between the Bearers / the Bottom of the Gutter to fall 6" ins 10'..0" / The Ceiling Joists to be nailed and under the Bridging Joists / A Bridging Joist, A A A, and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Copy Lincolns Inn Fields

Medium and dimensions

Pen, yellow, brown madder and sepia washes, hatching on laid paper, two sheets joined (552 x 610)


The office Day Book has entries under an academy for the Reverend Mr Richards on 25, 26 and 27 June 1796. Meyer, Jeans, Seward, Good and Provis are all listed as making drawings. That is Frederick Meyer (1775 - ?), pupil April 1791 - 1796; Thomas Jeans (c.1775 - 1866), pupil August 1792 - 25 August 1797; Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848), pupil May 1794 - September 1808; Henry Joseph Good (1775 - 1857), pupil January 1795 - January 1799; and Henry Provis (1760 - 1830), clerk July 1791 - February 1802. On 27 June, 10 drawings and 4 fair drawings were 'sent on the Evening Mail', the four pupils having spent the day making those drawings.


The elevation has a detail of a gutter that often failed in other of Soane's buildings. It consisted of a wide (here one foot) wood gutter that was then covered with lead. Inevitably when the lead 'moved' this resulted in exposing the timber that even though it was oak, invariably rotted.

The verso is not related to the scheme for an Academy. The feint pencil drawing is a 'Plan of the Parlour Floor' for a town house for 'Earl Fortescue' . that is, 1st Earl Fortescue of Castle Hill, Filleigh, Devon. Soane remodelled this country house and also worked on a number of London houses. For more information see: P.Dean Sir John Soane and the Country Estate, 1999, p.175. and P.Dean, Sir John Soane and London, 1799, pp.168, 203, 207, 210, 221 and 228.



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