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SM (1) 32/2a/11v


Survey drawing of the Armoury, December 1788


1 Part of a plan of the Soldiers Room, rough transverse elevation of a room with segemental arched lunette; (verso) plan of the ground floor of 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields showing the staircase in a transverse position with rough designs by Soane


to a scale


as above and in reference to verso: Mr Soane / Plan of parlor floor of / intended House in / Lincolns Inn Fields / August 17th 1792

Signed and dated

  • Welbeck Street. Decr 4th 88


Soane office


cartouche with fleur-de-lis and W below


The drawings shows the Armoury on the west side of the Garden Court. The room is lit by three Venetian windows as it was originally designed by Robert Taylor. Soane added three clerestory windows in later designs. D. Abramson writes that the original function of this room is unidentified, although there is evidence that it was later used by Soane as an Armoury. The early date of this drawing, and its apparent purpose as a survey drawing, suggests that the room was already an Armoury at Soane's appointment.

Soane lived at 77 Welbeck Street from 1786 until he moved to 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields, purchased in 1792.


D. Abramson Money's Architecture: The Building of the Bank of England, 1731-1833, Pt.1, Doctoral thesis for the Department of Fine Arts, Harvard University, 1993. p. 310.



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