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image SM (40) 48/2/2

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SM (40) 48/2/2


[40] Variant design (H) for the front elevation with a five-bay attic storey, 16 December 1817


40 Front elevation for The National Debt Redemption and Life Annuity Office


as above and No 2

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields / December 16th 1817

Medium and dimensions

Pen, yellow ochre, sepia, warm sepia, brown madder, grey, green and light blue washes with single ruled black border on wove paper (604 x 824)


Henry Parke (1790-1835, pupil 1814-1820) from Day Book ('perspective section')


J Whatman 1816


Less starved than design G, the three upper storeys are recessed in the centre three bays and emphasised by three-storey panel pilasters. There is now one central front door flanked by round-arched windows in a loggia-like composition. Save for the square windows of the attic storey, alll the windows are round-arched.



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