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Reference number

SM (20) 49/5/4 (21) 50/1/5 (22) 49/3/21 (23) 49/3/22 (24) 49/3/23 (25) 49/3/24

Purpose

Designs for new Board of Trade Offices, December 1823 (6)

Aspect

20 Site plan with plans of two designs for the frontage overlaid 21 Site plan with plans of two designs for the frontage overlaid 22-25 Front elevations

Scale

(20-25) bar scales of 1/20 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

20 labelled: Design No 1, Design No 2, King Street, Original line, Altered line, Downing Street, Gothic Entrance to the Treasury, Melbourne House, Treasury, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Office 21 labelled: Whitehall, King Street, Downing Street, 32.6, 7.6, Gothic Entrance to the Treasury, Melbourne House, Treasury, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Office 22 Design No 2 A 23 Design No 2 B 24 Design No 2 C

Signed and dated

  • (20) 2nd Decr 1823 (21) 2nd Decr / 1823 (22, 24, 25) 9th December 1823 (23) 9th Decr 1823

Medium and dimensions

(20) Pen, grey and pink washes with quadruple ruled, grey and black wash border on wove paper (536 x 740) (21) pen, grey and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper, with Office of Works stamp on verso (554 x 650) (22-25) pen, black, burnt umber and olive green washes with seven ruled, black and grey wash border on wove paper (370 x 470, 367 x 470, 370 x 473, 367 x 470)

Hand

(20-25) Charles Edward Papendiek (1801-35, pupil 1818-24)

Watermark

(23) J Whatman 1822 (24) Weatherley & Lane 1818 (25) Wea[therley & Lane]

Notes

On each of Soane's initial designs for the new Board of Trade and Privy Council Offices the frontage is approximately 200 feet wide. The four designs (drawings 22-25) have other similarities: the new building has 15 bays and two storeys with a basement, the ground floor has banded rustication, the columns are Ionic and the height of the building is determined by the Old Tennis Courts in all four designs. On drawings 22 and 23, Soane adds a new turret to the south side of the entrance to the Treasury passage matching the corner turret of the Old Tennis Court.
The elevation designs correspond with the plans (drawings 20 and 21) so that drawing 20 shows 'Design No 1' (drawing 19) and 'Design No 2 A' and drawing 21 shows 'Design No 2 C' and the design on drawing 25.
On drawing 20, two dotted lines show the 'original line' and the 'altered line' of the front of the building. Soane's original line would have cut into King Street. Lord Harrowby objected to this and directed the line to be set back so that King Street would not be affected. This was to cause difficulties later, however, when it was decided to rebuild the Home Office in March 1825.

Level

Drawing

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