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Reference number

SM (32) 49/3/27 (33) 49/3/28 (34) 49/3/29 (35) 53/4/71v (36) 49/3/30 (37) 49/3/31

Purpose

Designs for new Board of Trade and Privy Council Offices, February 1824 (6)

Aspect

32 Elevation of the proposed New Buildings for the Board of Trade &c 33 Elevation of the proposed New Buildings for the Board of Trade &c with plan of frontage 34 Elevation of the proposed New Buildings for the Board of Trade &c with plan of frontage 35 Front elevation with plan of frontage 36 Elevation of the New Buildings for the Board of Trade, plan of frontage and section through portico 37 Front elevation with plan of frontage

Scale

(32, 34, 35) bar scales of 1/12 inch to 1 foot (33) to a scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot (36, 37) bar scales of 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

32-34 as above, (in Soane's hand) Mihi turpe relinqui est 36 as above, labelled: 1.1½ (twice), 6.6 37 (in Soane's hand) Mihi turpe relinqui est

Signed and dated

  • (32-34, 36, 37) Lincolns Inn Fields / February 1824

Medium and dimensions

(32) Pen, black and burnt umber washes, pricked for transfer with six ruled grey and black wash border on wove paper (488 x 665) (33, 34) pen, black, pink and olive green washes, pricked for transfer with six ruled grey and black wash border on wove paper (490 x 668, 489 x 663) (35) pen with seven ruled border on wove paper (490 x 668) (36) pen, black and pink washes, pricked for transfer with quadruple ruled sepia and black wash border on wove paper (529 x 729) (37) pen, black, pink and olive green washes, partly pricked for transfer with five ruled sepia and black wash border on wove paper (529 x 726)

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(32) J Whatman 1824 (34) Edmeads & Pine 1804 (35) J Whatman 1824

Notes

'Soane's first designs were strongly neo-Grecian in character: some with Ionic pavilions at either end, and a central feature articulated by various combinations of columns, with or without a low dome, recalling his projects for the Houses of Parliament' (King's Works, VI, p. 552). In each of drawings 32-37 (and as with drawings 22-25) the building is of two storeys with a basement and the ground floor has banded rustication. The windows are square-headed and the balustrade is decorated with antefixes. These designs also incorporate a new entrance to the Treasury passage. The frontage has a greater number of bays than in the earlier drawings, increasing from 15 to 17, 18 or even 19 in these designs. Drawing 35, made on the verso of a drawing of a Gothic window at the Court of King's Bench, essentially matches drawing 34.

Level

Drawing

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