(45, 46, 49) to a scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot (47, 48) bar scales of 1/12 inch to 1 foot
45 labelled: Downing Street, Basement, Excavated Ground, Treasury Passage, It apears (sic) these Rooms has (sic) not / been made use of this ten or perhaps / twenty years, Back Area (twice), Part of / Stable / Building, Basement, Cupboards, Under Treasury Stair, Stable Yard, Below the Stables / not Cellered (sic), Not Cellered (sic) and some dimensions given
46 labelled: Whitehall, Council Offices, Axe / and / Gate, Downing Street, Henry the / Eighth, Treasury Passage, Stables and / Coach houses, Stable Yard, Treasury Stair, Cellar under / the Council Chamber, Cupboards, Lumber Rooms, Store / Room, This Room / has no floor / Except the / Basement, Yard / or / Area (twice), Wash house, Ground Floor under / the Council Room / no windowes (sic) in a part of it / and has not been cleaned for some / time, Excavated Ground, Treasury Passage and some dimensions given
47 as above, labelled: White Hall, From Inside of Walls, Excavated / Ground, Old Tennis / Court, Store / Room, N5, N4, N3, N2, N1, Council / Offices, line with / the Chancellors / house, Messengers / Room, Axe and / Gate, Downing Street, Two Private Houses, Office / Keepers / Room, Skullery , Stable, Kitchen, Henry / the / Eight, Six Private Houses, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Stable Yard, Old Stables and Coach / house with Rooms over / Do for Grooms &c, Clark (sic) Room, Waiting / Room, Porter Room, Closet, Wash house, Yard, Passage, Door, Councill (sic) Room, Treasury / Cellar, Part of Treasury, Treasury Passage to the park, Treasury Passage, Part of Treasury, (pencil) Ground at widest place / is 134 feet from / back to front and dimensions given
48 labelled: Offices on the Firs (sic) Floor of / the Council office Whitehall, Axe and / Gate / (pencil) Public H[ou]se, Closet, Board Room, Lord Harrowby, Mr Lenord (sic) Room, Mr Grevilles Room, Mr Bullers Room, Excavated Ground, Old Tennis / Court, Store / Room, Office Keepers / Room, Waiting / Room, Store Room, Closet, Yard, Lumber Room, Top landing, Two Private Houses, Downing Street, Henry the / Eighth, Treasury Passage, Sitting Room, House Keepers / Apartments, Sitting Room, Hay and / Straw / Room, Bed Room, Kitchen, Coachmans / Rooms, Mr Lushington, Kitchen, Dust / and / Coall (sic) / Box, Stable man, Kitchen and / Skullery (sic) / Dusthole &c, Over Mr Robinsons Stables, Stable man, Bed / Room, Coach / man / Rooms, B Yard, Mr Bullers / Room, Waiting Room, Messengers / Room, Yard, Temporary Passage / to the Council Chamber, Yard, Small Room / over Wash house, Pump, Council Chamber, Passage up stair, Treasury Passage to the Park, Stable Yard and some dimensions given
49 labelled: Attics over Council Offices, Bed Chamber (twice), Servants / Bed / Chamber, Sitting Room (twice), Office Keepers Chamber, Closet, Bed / Chamber, Store / Room, Store Room / or Bed Room, Downing Street, House Keepers / Bed Room, Closet, Stable man / Room, Attics over Kitchen and Coach house, Over the Stables, Stable Yard, Store Room (twice), Inside of Roof / Over the Council / Chamber, Attics over Council Chamber, Treasury Passage, Excavated Ground and some dimensions given
Signed and dated
Medium and dimensions
(45) Pen, pink and yellow ochre washes on wove paper with one fold mark (485 x 602) (46) pen, pink and yellow ochre washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (510 x 660) (47) pen and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (529 x 653) (48) pen, pink, yellow ochre and grey washes on wove paper with one fold mark (508 x 680) (49) pen, pink and yellow ochre washes on wove paper with one fold mark (481 x 602)
A contract for the excavation of the site was agreed with Johnson & Co. in January 1824. Work began in February and by June the ground had been excavated to between 10 and 15 feet and a sort of concrete foundation laid (King's Works, VI, p. 555).
Another survey drawing showing the area of excavated ground was reused later to show the outline of the new building in June 1825 (q.v. drawing 173).
Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation