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SM (148) 50/3/5


Presentation design for the Downing Street elevation, March 1825


148 Elevation of the Front of the New Council Offices &c next Downing Street


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, (signed) [Lord] Liverpool / Frederick John Robinson

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields / March 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, black and yellow ochre washes, pricked for transfer with eight ruled sepia and black wash border on wove paper (535 x 726)


David Mocatta (1806-82, pupil 1821-27)


Drawing 148 shows nine bays of the Downing Street frontage (to the end of the Privy Council Chamber). The attic over the Downing Street entrance is to the same design as that shown on the left on drawing 139. The five bays to the right of the drawing are a continuation of the Whitehall frontage. The rest of the frontage to Downing Street is plainer - only the ground floor is rusticated, there is no balustrade around the basement and no balustrade over the attic. Drawing 148 is a presentation drawing, signed as approved by Prime Minister Lord Liverpool and the Chancellor, Frederick Robinson.



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