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SM (77) 67/2/19 (78) 67/2/20 (79) 67/2/18


Site record drawings, 28 September 1810 (3)


77 Original Sketch, perspective of the north front 78 Perspective of the south front 79 Perspective showing the south-west facade of Yarborough House and the new Infirmary

Signed and dated

  • (77-78) 28th Septr. 1810 (79) Septr. 28th. 1810


Soane office


These three drawings are site sketches intended as preliminaries to worked-up perspectives (which are themselves evident in the following group of drawings). All three are on the same type of paper and are the same size.

Drawing 77, shows the north front with the old Wren buildings to the east and a sweeping drive on the west. Drawings 78 and 79 show parts of the south front, with scaffolding and timber lying around. The scaffolding appears to have been braced by an attachment to the pre-existing Wren building.

Walter Godfrey writes that these (and the following group's) progress drawings provide some of the only visual evidence for the appearance of Yarborough House and that 'It is evident from the drawings that in order to make way for the new building it was at first dismantled, with the exception of the extreme southern wing, which was left untouched until the work was approaching completion. This is the wing that Soane incorporated in his Infirmary and which tradition has called Sir Robert Walpole's Drawing room' (as seen in drawings 78 and 79).


W. Godfrey (ed.), Survey of London: volume 2: Chelsea, part 1, 1909, pp. 3-8



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