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SM (98) P79


[98] Drawing made for exhibition at the Royal Academy of the Pitt Cenotaph, 1823


98 Composite drawing consisting of an inset plan, three interior perspectives, three part-interior perspectives and one exterior perspective


The National Debt Redemption Office / view from the hall to the counting house, The National Debt Redemption Office / view under the dome towards the hall, Elevation of the National Debt Redemption Offices, Plan of National / Debt Redemption Office

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and coloured washes, watercolour technique (745 x 1302 visible in frame which is 940 x 1500)


Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843)


Exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1823 under the title: 'An architectural study; subject, the National Debt redemption office, and the Cenotaph to the memory of the Right Hon. William Pitt'. The Pitt Cenotaph was opened in 1823 though designed earlier (from December 1817).
See drawing 81 for another Cenotaph drawing exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1819.

Drawing in temporarily in store, not available for cataloguing.



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