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SM (24) volume 73/11 (25) volume 72/68


Alternative designs, early 1803 (2)


24 Plan 25 Plan


(24-25) bar scale


Soane office


Drawings 24 and 25 show irregularly shaped courtyards to the north and south of the Accountants Office. To the north, the east wall of the Court follows the angle of the existing Princes Street frontage. The design also shows the Accountants Office reduced by alcoves at both ends. There was a significant difference in ground level between Princes Street and the offices (see verso of drawing 8) and drawing 25 attempts to reconcile this with steps in the loggia. In contrast, the final design has steps in the Doric Vestibule and the loggia is level.



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