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Reference number

SM (73) 49/4/13 (74) 49/3/9 (75) 49/3/12 (76) 49/3/8

Purpose

Designs for new Board of Trade and Privy Council Offices with balustrade and attic added later, June 1824 (4)

Aspect

73 Front elevation 74 Perspective View of a Design for the New Council Offices, Board of Trade &c at Whitehall from the south east 75 Perspective View of a Design for the New Council Offices, Board of Trade &c at Whitehall from the south east 76 Perspective from the south east

Scale

(73) bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

74-75 as above 76 Copy. This Drawing was shewn to Mr Robinson on Friday 9th July accompanied with the small model / with ¾ Columns - Mr R approved of the outline of the C[ouncil] O[ffice] as shewn in this Drawing and directed me to proceed / with the Works // Tuesday 13th July. Attended at Fife House when I was directed to put an Iron Balustrade over the Attic / of the Corridor and which has been added to this Drawing Accordingly

Signed and dated

  • (74) 22d June 1824 (75) 23rd June 1824 (76) June 1824

Medium and dimensions

(73) Pen, yellow ochre, sepia and blue washes, pricked for transfer with quadruple ruled sepia and black wash border on three sheets of wove paper, affixed (530 x 1917) (74-76) pencil, pen, sepia, yellow ochre, black and blue washes, (75) pricked for transfer (74, 75) with single ruled border on wove paper (454 x 577, 452 x 573, 355 x 547)

Hand

(73, 76) Soane office (74, 75) Stephen Burchell (1806-?, pupil 1823-28)

Watermark

(74-76) Weatherley & Lane 1818

Notes

Drawing 76, a preparatory drawing for number 82, shows a design by Soane for the new offices with three-quarter engaged columns. The building is shown as if under construction, with shovels, picks and wheelbarrows lying on the ground. In the foreground are various architectural fragments, including a capital of the Tivoli order and part of a cornice.
According to Soane's note on drawing 76, which was presented to Robinson along with a model (MR31) of the new offices, the Chancellor 'approved of the outline of the C[ouncil] O[ffice]' on that design. Drawing 76 was modified after 13 July when Soane was instructed to add an iron balustrade to the attic over the corridor. The attic seems to have been added later to drawings 74 and 75 as well, and is messily drawn on 73. (See also drawings 81-82).

Level

Drawing

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