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Reference number

SM (150) 50/2/11 (151) 50/1/18

Purpose

Survey drawing of the old Privy Council Office and design for new Privy Council Chamber, March 1825 (2)

Aspect

150 Plan of the old Council Office / and fittings up of d[itt]o with laid out wall elevations 151 Plan of the Council Chamber &c; (verso) plan of the attic floor of Steephill (see notes)

Scale

(150) bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot (151) bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

150 as above, labelled: Door (3 times), Seats, Table (twice), This rail made to remove / at pleasure, Chairs (twice), Barr and dimensions given 151 as above and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (150) March 3d 1825 (151) L.I.F. / March 4th / 1825

Medium and dimensions

(150) Pen, pink, sepia, yellow and green washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (527 x 652) (151) pen, red pen and pink wash, pricked for transfer on laid paper (454 x 292)

Hand

(150) ?clerk of works (151) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Watermark

(151) J Whatman

Notes

Drawing 48 (sic) shows the location of the old Privy Council Office (drawing 150) on the first floor of the former building next to the Treasury Passage. Soane's new Privy Council Chamber (drawing 151) is larger in area and is preceded by an ante-room with a lobby, flanked by two short corridors.
The verso of drawing 151 has part of a design for alterations of 1790 to Steephill for Wilbraham Tollemache. The sheet was cut in half and reused for the Privy Council design. It is quite remarkable that the gap between the two drawings (recto and verso) is some 35 years. The verso has in pencil rough designs for part of the ceiling of the new Privy Council Chamber. It shows a coved ceiling springing from a pier and a skylight to the left. Soane's designs for Steephill were catalogued by Madeleine Helmer in 2012 (q.v. Country Houses etc.: Steephill, Isle of Wight: (not executed) alterations for Wilbraham Tollemache later 6th Earl of Dysart, 1790).

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Drawing

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