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Reference number

SM (81) 49/3/11 (82) 50/3/1


Designs for new Privy Council Offices, July 1824 (2)


81 Perspective View of a Design for the New Council Offices, Board of Trade &c at Whitehall from the south east 82 Perspective Design for the New Board of Trade and Council Offices 1824 / by Sir John Soane Archt from the south east


81 as above 82 as above, (added later by Walter L. Spiers, curator, in pencil) Adam Recess / Drawer 88 / D. 5 Sheets 1824 / 5 / D page 180; (verso, in Soane's hand) This drawing was shewn to Mr Robinson / on Friday the 9' July accompanied with the / small model with ¾ Col. Mr Robinson app[rove]d / of the order of Col. as shewn in this / drawing & directed me to proceed with the work / Tuesday 13' July attended at Fife House / Ld L. proposed a balustrade to be placed over the attic of the Corridor / & which has been added to this / drawg accordingly

Signed and dated

  • (81) 1st July 1824 (82) 2/7/24

Medium and dimensions

(81) Pencil, sepia, black and burnt umber washes with single ruled border on wove paper (426 x 570) (82) pencil, sepia, black, burnt umber, raw Sienna, blue and brown madder washes with triple ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (480 x 593)


(81, 82) Edward Davis (1802-52, pupil 1824-26)


(81, 82) Weatherley & Lane 1818


Drawing 82 closely follows the preparatory drawing (76) made at the end of June. It shows a design by Soane for the new offices with three-quarters engaged columns. The building is under construction, with shovels, picks and wheelbarrows scattered around. In the foreground are various architectural fragments - either ruins of an ancient building or pieces to be used in the new one - including a capital of the Tivoli order and a piece of a cornice with part of a fret pattern. The attic was added later to the designs and the drawings at the request of Lord Liverpool.



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