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SM 40/2/38


[13] Design for the front elevation, 24 June 1801


Front Elevation; (verso) detail of Cornice to Basement


to a scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, Messrs Praeds & Co, Fleet Street, Design No 1, (in Soane's hand) June 29 1801 / Shewn to Lord B &c / & fully approved; (verso): as above, labelled: Wall line (twice), Proj[ection] / of / Pilas[ters] / ¾

Signed and dated

  • 24 June 1801
    June 24 1801; (verso) July 4 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and yellow ochre washes (verso: brown pen), pricked for transfer within four ruled black wash border on wove paper (645 x 528)


Henry Hake Seward or Thomas Sword


The only major difference between this design and an earlier design (drawing [12]) is that the entrance has been switched to the right hand side of the front to correspond with the approved plan (drawing [9]). The design was 'fully approved' by Lord Buckingham.



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