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SM (184) 66/5/14


Preliminary design, 26 November 1817


184 View of the New Guard House at Chelsea Hospital


as above

Signed and dated

  • 26th November 1817


Soane office


Soane's new Guardhouse was constructed in 1818 and located next to the East Road. C.G.T. Dean suggests that it 'was built in order that a footpath, made across Burtons Court on the line of Royal Hospital Road, might be kept under observation'.
Though drawing 184 is labelled 'view', this must be a design perspective first because of the date and secondly because the chimney stack is different to that of the elevations and site progress drawing (drawings 185 to 188). In addition, the trees are in full foliage though it is November, suggesting some invention on the part of a pupil.


C.G.T. Dean, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, 1950, p.264



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