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Reference number

SM (31) 51/5/20 (32) 51/5/19 (33) 51/5/18 (34) 51/5/21

Purpose

[31-34] Working drawings for the library, 1826 (4)

Aspect

31 Plan and wall elevations of the New Library 32 Details for the bay window and adjoining windows 33 Wall elevation with library shelves (verso) rough ? window details 34 Plan for a vaulted ceiling with wall elevations

Scale

(31) bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot (32) bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot and full size (33) to a scale (34) to a scale

Inscribed

31 as above, House of Commons, (pencil) Rollers (twice) and (pen and pencil) dimensions given 32 House of Commons / New Library and (pencil) dimensions 33 House of Commons / New Library, labelled A, B, Equal (3 times) and dimenisions given 34 as above, (Soane) Principal Mo[ulding] : 3 / Intermediate ... 2¼, moulded ribs labelled 3, 2¼, 2 1/3 and 6

Signed and dated

  • (31, 32) 1826 (33) House of Commons / August 4 1826 (34) L.I.F. / 7 decr 1826

Medium and dimensions

(31) Pen, burnt umber and sepia washes, pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper (471 x 700) (32) pen, burnt umber, yellow and sepia washes, pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper (505/309 x 758) (33) pen, burnt umber and yellow washes on wove paper with two fold marks (225 x 492) (34) pen, pink and blue washes, on wove paper with one torn fold mark having an old small paper repair (530 x 751)

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(31, 32) Smith & Allnutt 1823 (34) J Whatman 1825

Notes

These drawing are rather worn and thus probably record the built design. Drawing 31 shows the library with dotted lines indicating the treatment of the ceiling. The two long wall elevations have each a chimneypiece in the centre flanked by two windows and bookcases. One of the end walls has an oriel window with a narrow window on each side and the other has a doorway with 'Rollers' on each side. Drawing 32 details the oriel window and wall. Drawing 33 details the fitted book shelves that differ dimensionally from those shown on drawing 31. Drawing 34 has a three-bay, shallow vaulted ceiling with three floreated bosses. The walls are less bare than in drawing 31 so that the windows have double segmental mouldings over them linked by a single moulding that reflects the minimally arched heads of the windows.
The building programme was for completion by 1 February 1827 and the work appears to have been executed on time. (King's Works, VI, p.529)
By 1830, the library had outgrown itself again and another select committee was set up to resolve the problem.

Level

Drawing

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