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image SM (39) volume 75/88

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SM (39) volume 75/88


Record drawing of the south-west corner, showing the condition of the wall before and after rebuilding, 28 July 1827


39 Two perspectives and a plan; (verso) rough pencil details


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Signed and dated

  • July 28 1827


Soane office


J Whatman 1825


Drawing 39 shows the south-west corner before and after construction. The left-hand side of the drawing shows the Princes Street front after stripping Robert Taylor's screen wall, leaving the masonry exposed. The corner of the new wall has already been built. The right-hand side of the drawing shows the new wall as designed by Soane. The drawing is dated July 1827 but it is unclear whether the drawing's date is contemporary to the building works. The drawing could have been made by a pupil in July 1827, after building works have completed. The entire wall, including the front entrance building, was finished in 1828.



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