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Reference number

SM (26) 50/1/9 (27) 50/1/10 (28) 50/1/13 (29) 50/1/14 (30) 50/1/15 (31) 50/1/16

Purpose

Designs for the ground and first floors of the new Board of Trade Offices, January-February 1824 (6)

Aspect

26 Plan Design for Ground Floor 27 First Floor Plan 28 Plan of the Ground Floor 29 Plan of the Principal Floor 30 Ground Floor Plan 31 Plan of the Principal Floor

Scale

(26-31) bar scales of 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

26 as above, Design No 2, Board of Trade, labelled: Entrance Hall 27 as above, Design No 2, Board of Trade, labelled: Rooms for the President & Secretary, Board Room, door, Anti Room, Vice President & Secretary, Gallery of Communication, Chief / Clerks Room, Clerks Room, Staircase, Waiting Rooms 28 as above, Board of Trade, (in Soane's hand) Mihi turpe relinqui est, labelled: Entrance Hall, Staircase, Passage leading to the Treasury 29 as above, Board of Trade, (in Soane's hand) Mihi turpe relinqui est, labelled: omit, 21'6'' by 22'6'', Board Room / 32'0'' by 22'6'', Staircase (twice), Lobby 30 as above, Board of Trade, labelled: Area (twice), Entrance Hall &c, Staircase, Passage leading to the Treasury 31 as above, Board of Trade, labelled: Centre, Board Room

Signed and dated

  • (26) 22nd Jany 1824 (27) 23rd January 1824 (28) Lincolns Inn Fields / February 1824 (29) Feby 1824 (30, 31) 4th February 1824

Medium and dimensions

(26, 27) Pen, red pen, pink and sepia washes, pricked for transfer with triple ruled and black wash border on wove paper (544 x 742, 545 x 740) (28) pen, pink, sepia and blue washes, pricked for transfer with six ruled and black wash border on wove paper (539 x 730) (29) pen, pink and sepia washes, pricked for transfer with six ruled and black wash border on wove paper (534 x 728), lower right corner missing (30) pen, pink, sepia and blue washes, pricked for transfer with six ruled and black wash border on wove paper (533 x 725) (31) pen, pink and sepia washes, pricked for transfer with six ruled and black wash border on wove paper (530 x 722)

Hand

(26, 27) Charles Edward Papendiek (1801-35, pupil 1818-24) (28-31) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Notes

Drawings 26-31 may be paired so that they form three alternative designs for the ground and first floors of the new Board of Trade offices (that is, 26-27, 28-29 and 30-31). The first design has an imperial staircase, the second has a geometrical staircase and the third has an open newel staircase behind the entrance hall. The three designs match the elevation drawings 22, 32 and 33 respectively. The design for columns on either side of the doors in the Board Room on drawing 29 may be the germ of Soane's later designs for the interior of the Privy Council Chamber.
The phrase 'mihi turpe relinqui est' ('it is shameful for me to be left behind'), which appears on drawings 28 and 29, was first used by Soane in 1777 as a motto on his competition drawings for St Luke's Hospital (q.v. Public Buildings: London: St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics, Islington: unexecuted competition designs, 1777). It is a quote from Horace's Ars Poetica (line 416).

Level

Drawing

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