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Reference number

SM (18) 50/5/7 (19) 50/5/2 (20) 50/5/4 (21) 50/5/3

Purpose

Designs for the centre and west (right-hand) side of the Foreign Office, 8, 11 August 1825 (4)

Aspect

18 (Pencil) F.D. [Foreign Department ?] Section of Eating Room &c 19 Part Plan of the Basement 20 Part Plan of the First Floor 21 Part Plan of the Bed Room [floor] and (pencil) part of left-hand house

Scale

(19-21) bar scales of 1/10 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

18 as above, dimensions given 19 as above, (pencil) Downing Square 20 as above, (pencil) Ceiling / Doors / Pantry & Safe Closet 21 as above, WC (twice)

Signed and dated

  • (18) (pencil) 8 Aug. 1825 (19-21) Lincolns Inn Fields / August 11th 1825

Medium and dimensions

(18) Pen, sepia and yellow washes on wove paper (445 x 297) (19-21) pen, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (372 x 528, 375 x 528, 372 x 528)

Hand

(18) Soane office (19-21) Edward Davis (1802-52, pupil 1824-26)

Watermark

(19, 20) Smith & Allnutt 1823

Notes

The drawings omit the east side of the building, concentrating on the new entrance (drawing 19) that differs on plan from a design made two days earlier (see drawings 16-17) and on the eating room. This, as in previous plans for the first floor, has the addition of two columns, but here the entrance is newly emphasised by another pair of columns (see also drawing 24). On all three plans, thin partition walls have been added to create a passage or (basement) sub-divide an existing room.

Level

Drawing

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