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SM (125) 49/6/17


Working drawing for the Board of Trade Offices showing the height of the building, January 1825


125 Part section looking south


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


New Board of Trade and Council Offices Whitehall, labelled: Pavement of Street, Pavement

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields / 12th Jany 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (528 x 733)


Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)


Smith & Allnutt 1820


Drawing 125 was perhaps made to demonstrate the distance the observer would have to be from the building in order to see the top of the balustrade over the corridor. It is potentially relevant that at the Select Committee inquiry in 1828 Robinson reported that 'I conceived, (although I do not recollect that it appeared in the drawing), that it [the balustrade over the corridor] would be invisible from the street, and that at all events it was to be part of an entire story, and not merely two walls very near together for the mere purpose of concealing the skylights... When the details of the building were subsequently more thoroughly explained, I was very much struck with its want of height, and I stated my feelings on the subject very decidedly to Mr. Soane.'



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