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Reference number

SM 37/2/5


[12] Alternative design for elevations including entrance elevation, December 1792


Elevation close to drawing [11] but with a continuous cresting of cannon balls and with piles of three over the pilasters


bar scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • December 1792
    Great Scotland Yard Decr 1792

Medium and dimensions

Pen, warm sepia and sepia washes, shaded with triple ruled and warm sepia wash border on laid paper (233 x 296)


Soane Office


Of Soane's alternative designs (drawings [9]-[10]) the semi-elliptical plan was chosen. The wall elevations [11]-[12] were plain with windows raised about six feet above the ground and with simple pilasters. Ornament was kept to what could be done with cannon balls. For the 'Entrances into the Officers Apartments', it is assumed that the location is (drawing [8]) on the righthand side and marked 'H' and 'Entrance for the Officers'. Soane offered a choice of ornament of which drawing [14] (design 'No. 2') with its striking proportions and Vanbrugh-like detail is the best. However, a simpler and more economical design (drawing [16]) was apparently built. (JL)



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