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image SM (156) 49/4/2

Reference number

SM (156) 49/4/2


Presentation design for the new government offices, March 1825


156 Front elevation


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields March 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, yellow ochre and blue washes, partly pricked for transfer with six ruled, sepia and black wash border on two sheets of wove paper, affixed, with one fold mark (546 x 1490)


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


James Whatman Turkey Mill Kent


Another design for the government offices including the Home Department, drawing 156 shows a 23-bay building with four identical entrances. The frontage is approximately 300 feet wide and 58 feet high.



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