Among Inigo Jones’s earliest surviving drawings is one that is generally described as being an elevation for a stable (Fig. 1). This pen and ink drawing, executed in a loose, curvaceous hand, shows a tall, rusticated archway, flanked at an upper level by a pair of windows. Above is a low pediment, with a cartouche and flanking figures, supporting three elegant statues. On either side of this central range are lower, single-storey balustraded bays, each with a large window. Beyond these are lower, lean-to ranges, with a single door flanked by a pair of small, circular windows.
The design is not entirely happy and reveals Inigo Jones’s immaturity as an architect. The windows flanking the arch are cramped. The clash between the size of the quoins on the central block and those on the flanking bays is uncomfortable. The sudden jump of scale from the three central elements to the lean-tos is not convincing. The line of the lean-to roofs cuts uncomfortably close to the architraves of the doors. Nevertheless, as one of Jones’s first designs for a freestanding building the design is of great interest.