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SM (18) 49/3/1 (19) 49/3/2


Preliminary designs for new Board of Trade Offices, 1823 (2)


18 Perspective Sketch of a Design for the New Board of Trade Offices &c at Whitehall 19 Perspective Sketch of a Design for the New Buildings for the Board of Trade &c at Whitehall


18 as above 19 as above

Signed and dated

  • (18, 19) 1823

Medium and dimensions

(18, 19) Pencil, sepia, black and blue washes with single ruled border on laid paper (287 x 441, 288 x 438)


Soane office


(18, 19) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate CA


In the autumn of 1823 it was decided to rebuild the Privy Council Offices, which had been declared unsafe and vacated in 1811, as well as the offices of the Board of Trade. The old Privy Council Offices adjoined the Board of Trade to the south. Soane's initial designs bear an uncanny resemblance to the New Bank Buildings which were completed in 1810 (q.v. Bank of England: London: New Bank Buildings, Princes Street, City of London, 1807-10). The building has 15 bays and three storeys with a basement and round-headed windows. The two end bays project and have Ionic columns and the centre of the frontage has eight panel pilasters on the upper two storeys.



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