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Reference number

SM (54) 50/1/8 (55) 50/1/7 (56) 50/1/42 (57) 50/1/45 (58) 50/1/43 (59) 50/1/44

Purpose

Designs for ground and first floors of the Board of Trade and Privy Council Offices, June 1824 (6)

Aspect

54 Plan of the Ground Floor (as designed) 55 Plan of the One Pair Floor as designed 56 Plan of the Ground Floor of a Design for the New Council Offices 57 Plan of the Principal Floor of a Design for the New Council Offices 58 Plan of the Ground Floor of a Design for the New Council Offices 59 Plan of the Principal Floor of a Design for the New Council Offices

Scale

(54-59) bar scales of 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

54 as above, New Board of Trade Offices, (in Soane's hand) No 1 with the / front decorated / with insulated Col: / The order as at Tivoli, The rooms in this / front to be two feet / wider 55 as above, New Board of Trade Offices 56 as above 57 as above, (verso): Board of Trade &c 58-59 as above

Signed and dated

  • (54) Lincolns Inn Fields / 1 June 1824 (56-59) Lincolns Inn Fields / June 1824

Medium and dimensions

(54-59) Pen, pink, sepia (58) and blue washes, pricked for transfer with double ruled and black wash border on wove paper (538 x 742, 538 x 747, 538 x 748, 746 x 537, 531 x 746, 744 x 532)

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(54-59) Smith & Allnutt 1827 (sic - see notes)

Notes

Drawings 54-59 make three pairs of designs. The entrance hall from Whitehall has an imperial staircase and there is a geometrical staircase at the north end of the Board of Trade Offices. In the Privy Council Offices is an open-newel staircase and a large chamber on the first floor. On drawings 54-57 the columns across the frontage are all detached, but on drawings 58-59 they are all three-quarters engaged. Soane's identification of the columns of 'the order as at Tivoli' foreshadows a dispute with Frederick Robinson about which order should be used.
Although the drawings are dated 'June 1824' and fit into this stage of the design process, they are each watermarked '1827'. It is probable that they are copies of original drawings from June 1824 made for the Select Committee inquiry into the Office of Works conducted in 1828, at which Soane was called to give evidence (see also drawings 89-90).

Level

Drawing

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