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SM (47) 51/5/41 (48) 51/5/42


[47-48] Survey and design drawings for Stone Building and adjacent building, one dated 17 May 1830 (2)


47 Plan of the Attics, Plan of the Two Pair Floor with flier showing alterations, and longitudinal section 48 Plan of attics (Mr Hewitt's apartments), 2 Pair Floor plan and longitudinal section


(47, 48) bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


47 as above, (Soane) Chamber Keeper of the / Records of the C. of K. B., Committee Room (twice), Lobby, Waiting / room, (office hand) Committee / Room No 16, Committee Room / No 15, Kitchen, Members / Dining Room, Plan of Mr Hewitt's Apt, Prison / Room, (section) Kings Bench Records &c, Commee Room No 14, Committee Room No 13, Committee Room / No 12, Augmentation Office, Mr Hewitt, Committee Room No 16, Commee Room No 15, Kitchen, Prison Room 48 as above, (section, pencil) Waiting Room, Staircase, MrLey, Kings Bench Records, Gallery, Augmentation Office, MrHewitt, (plan, pen) Committee Room / No 15, Committee / Room / No 16, Landing A level / with Lead Flat B, 4 Steps, Mr Hewitt's Apartt, A B C b, b Lead Flat / 2.6 below / the floor line (verso, pencil) Chamber Keeper to the Treasury Chamber / of the Court of K[ing's] Bench

Signed and dated

  • (47) (Soane) Lincolns Inn Fields / 17 May 1830

Medium and dimensions

(47) Pen, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer with double ruled border, on wove paper (472 x 287, flier 89 x 140/166) (48) pen, sepia and blue washes; pencil, sepia and pink washes, on thin wove paper (270 x 322)


(47, 48) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)


To compensate for the loss of committee rooms to the library (drawings 37-42) it was proposed that two committee rooms be formed out of the Augmentation Office in the Stone building. The Augmentation Office could then be placed in the upper floor of the same building. That floor was currently occupied by Mr Hewitt, Chamber-Keeper of the Court of King's Bench and he could be housed in apartments elsewhere. (Report from Select Committee 7 June 1830, in SM green files).
The flier of drawing 47 shows the conversion of the Augmentation floor into two committee rooms, a lobby and waiting room and a small office for Mr Hewitt.



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