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SM (16) 50/5/1 (17) 50/5/8


Design for part of the front, August 1825 (2)


16 Plan and Elevation of part of the Front of the Foreign Office 17 Plan of entrance, Areas, Skylight and two basement stairs and with (pencil) part-elevation


(16, 17) bar scales of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


16 as above, Downing Square, Area (twice), Skylight and some dimensions given 17 as above and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (16) L.I.F. 1825 (17) L.I.F. / August 9th / 1825

Medium and dimensions

(16) Pen, burnt Sienna, sepia, blue, pink and olive green washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (507 x 532) (17) pen, pencil, sepia and blue washes, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper (365 x 528)


(16, 17) Slade (clerk (measuring), August-October 1825) ('Making Plan of area to Foreign Office at Downing Square and Squaring dimensions &c' - Day Book, 9 August 1825)


(16) Smith (the rest cut off)


The entrance is rather simple so that only the sentry box suggests a government building. Under a plain, bracketed canopy, a panelled, round-headed door with side windows is approached by three steps.

Little is known of the draughtsman, Slade, except that he was employed as a clerk for measuring for a very brief period in 1825.



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