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image SM (3) volume 73/2

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SM (3) volume 73/2


Alternative design for the Printing Office Court, 26 August 1803 and modified in October 1803


3 Pencil copy of drawing 1 showing alternative design for a semicircular building at the north-east of the new wing, with modifications by Soane to the corner of the screen wall, the waiting rooms and new Barracks


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plan labelled (Soane, some in pencil) Barracks / nothing / over, Serv[an]t, Bedr[oom], officers, Armoury, G. Cashbook, Governor, Clerk of / Com[ittee], Dep[uty]: Gov[ernor]

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  • Friday / Aug 26: 1803, modified in pen on Oct: 27: 1803


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Drawing 3 has a design similar to drawing 1, with a rectangular Court surrounded by offices. The Barracks are shown on the north side of the court. An armoury is included in pencil within the semicircular-ended office to the north-east of the proposed court. In June 1803 the Building Committee decided to build a Barracks in the new wing but to keep the building separate from the rest of the premises by a strong door. A plan was approved shortly thereafter. Drawing 3 shows a preliminary design for rearranging the Governor's Office and the Clerk of Committee Office in relation to the design for the Waiting Room Court, which was eventually executed in 1807 (scheme 3:13).



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