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Reference number

SM (1) 41/6/1 (2) 41/6/2

Purpose

Survey drawings of offices in the east wing, May 1795 (2)

Aspect

1 Plans of the Basement Floor, Sub Ground Floor and Ground Floor 2 Plans of the One Pair Floor, Two Pair Floor and Garrets

Scale

(1, 2) bar scales 1/16 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

1 as above, labelled: (Basement Floor) 10.6 high, Pipe Office / Kitchen / 18.4 by 17.6, Pantry / 9.0, Larder, Treasrs Remembrs / Pantry, Treasrs Remembrs / Wine / Cellar, Warehouse, The Dutchy of Cornwall, Cellar (twice), Archway, Coals, Larder, Cellar, The Lord / Treasrs Remembrs / Scullery / 15.6 by 15.0, Treasurers / Remembrs / Coals / 12.8 by 17.6, Pipe Office / Coals / 12.8 by 17.6, (Sub Ground Floor) Pipe Office / Record Room / 18.4 by 17.6, 9.0 by / 17.6, Records / 16.0 by 14.6, Kitchen, Dutchy of Cornwall, Eating Room, The Lords / Treasrs Remembrs / Kitchen / 15.3 by 14.9, Pipe Office, Parlor / 16.6 by 17.6, Chamber / 8.10 by 17.6, (Ground Floor) Pipe Office / 26.10 by 17.7, Foreign / Apposer's / Office, Library / 17.6 by 14.9, Dutchy of Cornwall, 13.0 by 21.6, 22.6 by 14.9, 6.9, 18.0 by 14.6, Hall / 15.9 by 15.0, Clerk / 8.6 by 15.0, Treasrs Remembrs / 15.10 by 15.5, Treasurers Remembrancers / Clerks & Secondary's / 25.6 by 17.9, Somerset House, Copy 2 as above, labelled: (One Pair Floor) Auditors / Office, Pipe Office / Clerk of the Leases / 16.0 by 15.0, Council Room, Dutchy of Cornwall, Drawing Room, Clerk of the / Pipe Office / 16.0 by 15.0, (Two Pair Floor) (pencil) B, Clerk of the / Estreats / 18.0 by 17.6, 7.6 by 17.6, Remembrancers / Chambers / 16.0 by 15.0, Chambers (twice), Dutchy of Cornwall, Remembrancers / Chamber / 16.0 by 15, Comptroler of the / Pipe Office, (pencil) C, Clerks / 18.0 by 17.6, 7.6 by 17.6, Passage, (Garrets) Remembrancers / Chamber / 18.0 by 17.6, 7.6 by 17.6, (pencil) B, Clerk of Estreats / Record Room / 16.0 by 15.0, Dutchy of Cornwall, (pencil) C, Comptroller of the / Pipe / Record Room / 16.0 by 15.0, Pipe / Chamber (twice) / 7.6 by 17.6, Cistern, (pencil) BB CC Are two distinct Offices in themselves / & separate from the rest but at present / held by one Person (Lord Orford), Somerset House, Copy

Signed and dated

  • (1, 2) Lincolns Inn Fields May 21 1795

Medium and dimensions

(1) Pen, brown pen and black wash, (2) pen, brown pen, grey, sepia and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (557 x 339, 558 x 339)

Hand

(1, 2) Frederick Meyer (1775-?, pupil 1791-96) or Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848, pupil 1794-1808)

Notes

Drawings 1 and 2 show the layout of the offices of the Exchequer, the Duchy of Cornwall and a third, unidentified proprietor (possibly the Duchy of Lancaster) before Soane's alterations.

Level

Drawing

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