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image SM 37/2/4

Reference number

SM 37/2/4

Purpose

[10] Alternative design, December 1792

Aspect

Plan B of kitchen and other buildings including the Gentleman Pensioners, Pastry, Engine Court and Arcade and with a proposed rectangular guard room

Scale

bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, St James's, labelled Chaplain, Bread Pantry, Passage, Lobby, Guard Room, Beds (6 times), Chim:y, Entrance / for the Officers, Serjeants / Room, The Guard Room, 39':0" by 18':10", (Soane) The Kings Kitchen, and some dimensions given. Soane's calculations read: This plan contains / Feet / 39 / 35/ [total] 74 / 16.6/ 16.6 / [total] 33 / 28 / Total 135:0 / Superficial feet / 244:6 / 100 / 100 / 100 /100 / 175 / Total 819.6

Signed and dated

John Soane Archt Decr 1792 / Great Scotland Yard

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, blue and light red washes with triple ruled and sepia wash border on laid paper (422 x 547)

Hand

Soane office hand (also drawings [13]-[15], [18]) with some Soane labels and Soane calculations

Watermark

J Buttanshaw, fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR

Notes

While the subsidary spaces remain the same, the guard house is rectangular (39 x 18 feet) in design B and semi-elliptical (40 x 29 feet) in Design A (drawing [9]). There is a considerable contrast between the rather pinched rectangle filled with bed space and with three windows on one side and one on another (design B) and the (almost) horseshoe-shaped alternative (design A) with seven windows, the plan shape emphasised by the bed space layout and with a generous five foot circular skylight. (JL)

Level

Drawing

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