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image SM (72) 49/4/10

Reference number

SM (72) 49/4/10


Design for the façade of the new Board of Trade Offices, June 1824


72 Front elevation showing entrance to the Treasury Passage and part of the Home Office; (verso) section through frontage of basement


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • June 15th 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pen, burnt Sienna, grey and black washes, (verso, pen and pink washes), pricked for transfer on wove paper (550 x 754)


Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)


Drawing 72 shows part of the frontage of the new offices with an attic similar to that of drawing 66 and with a large chimney. Also shown is the entrance to the Treasury Passage, which is here included as part of the new design but is in a different style, with heavier rustication and a Doric entablature.



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