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Reference number

SM (53) 48/1/38 (54) 48/1/37

Purpose

[53-54] Presentation design No.2 for laying before the Committee for Building, January 1818 (2)

Aspect

53 Preliminary Plan of the Ground or Office Floor 54 Plan of the Ground, or Office Floor and No 2

Scale

(53-54) bar scales of 3½ inches to 10 foot

Inscribed

53 as above and rooms labelled: Public Hall, Office, Mr Higham's Room, Staircase, Strong Closet, Court, Sink, water / closet, Second Office, Messenger, Statue, Public Hall and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (53-54) Lincolns Inn Fields / January 1818

Medium and dimensions

(53) Pen, sepia and grey-blue washes with double ruled and black wash border on wove paper (609 x 808) (54) pen, sepia, light raw umber and blue washes with double ruled and black wash border on wove paper (609 x 807)

Hand

(53-54) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant, 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Watermark

(53-54) J Whatman 1816

Notes

Drawings 53 and 54 are very close. They differ in the treatment of the back stair and lobby to Mr Higham's private apartments upstairs. The design for the Cenotaph (tribune) is strengthened on drawing 54 with the pencilled-in columns of 53 now fully drawn out. The disposition of the banking hall, offices, Mr Higham's room and the tribune are the same as in drawings 51 and 52.

Level

Drawing

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