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Reference number

SM (12) 50/5/23 (13) 50/5/22 (14) 50/5/21 (15) 50/5/20

Purpose

Design for alterations, dated 30 July and 3 October 1825 (4)

Aspect

12 Plan of the Basement Story with pencil amendments 13 Plan of the Ground Floor of the Foreign Office &c 14 Plan of the One Pair Floor of the Foreign Office &c 15 Plan of the Chamber Floor

Scale

(12-15) bar scales of 1/10 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

12 as above, (pencil) Plans as approved / 29 July 1825 / & sent to Mr (?) Tocas / with the Estimate / 3d Octr / Ice House / Well and labelled: (pencil) Kitchen, Cellar (twice), Housekeeper, Addition of Presses, WC 13 as above, labelled: Fludyer Street, Downing Square, Downing Street, rooms labelled (pencil) (mostly indecipherable) Mr Bidwell, Porter, WC (3 times), Hall, Waiting / Room, Foreign Minister's / Waiting Room / or Mr Planta's / Assist, Staircase, Mr Bandinel, Chief Clerk's / Assistant, Chief Clerk, Mr Planta, Mr Planta's Assist[ant] / Librarian, Mr Planta's Room / Cabinet Room, Eating Room, Mr Canning's Room, (pen) Principal Staircase, Court, Area (twice) and some dimensions given 14 as above, (pencil) Sundy 2d Oct. 1825 / With Mr Con[yngham?] & Mr C[anning?] / Pl[anta] / Bidwell / Ld Howard, (pen) Fludyer Street, Downing Street, Downing Square, labelled (pencil): Assistants to / MrPlanta, Mr J. Bidwell, PrivateSecretary / Lord Howards, Lord Howards / Mr Canning / Official Room, Drawing Room (3 times), W.C., Court, Mr Planta's / Assistant, Staircase, Lord Howard's / Assistant, 3d U[nder] Secy / Mr Planta, Cabinet Room / Lord Howard and some dimensions given 15 as above, (pen) Fludyer Street, Downing Street, Downing Square, labelled (pencil) Housekeeper, WC, Mr Bandinel (?), Mr H Rollaston, Translator / Mr Huttner, Precis Room, Dressing / Room, WC, Bed Chamber, Dressing Room, Bed Chamber, Dressing Room, WC, Closet, Mr Jackson, WC, Staircase, Mr McMahon / & / Mr Turner, Mr Conyngham, Mr Scheener, Mr Byng and some dimensions given 12-15 numbered (pen) 23, 22, 21, 20 respectively

Signed and dated

  • (12, 14, 15) Lincolns Inn Fields / 30th July 1825 (13) Lincolns Inn Fields / July 30th 1825

Medium and dimensions

(12-15) Pen, pencil, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (485 x 601, 483 x 600, 487 x 596, 484 x 599)

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(12-15) J Whatman Turkey Mill 1824

Notes

A comparison of drawing 13 with drawing 9 (ground floor) shows much the same design except that there is now a shallow four-column porch and a half turn with landings stair (lower, right-hand side) has been re-positioned on this and the following drawing, as well as on drawings 7-12.

Mr Planta was George Canning's under-secretary (J. M. Crook and M. H. Port (eds), The History of the King's Works, VI, 1782-1851, 1973, p. 565).

Level

Drawing

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