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image SM (165) 50/3/4

Reference number

SM (165) 50/3/4

Purpose

Design for new government offices with pavilions, March 1825

Aspect

165 Perspective View of the New Council Offices Board of Trade and Home Department from the south east

Inscribed

as above, Approved / Liverpool / F Robinson

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields March 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia, yellow ochre and blue washes with sepia wash border on wove paper (525 x 736)

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

Smith & Allnutt 1820

Notes

Soane described the origins of the pavilions at the 1828 Inquiry:
'When the model was made, forming one unbroken line, the whole extent of the Board of Trade and the Privy Council Office, it was observed, that it would produce a monotonous effect. I did not think so; great unbroken lines occur in all the best examples of antiquity, and many of the most celebrated works in Italy have the same character, such as the Stoppani Palace [the Palazzo Vidoni Caffarelli] by Raphael, the little Farnese Palace, and many others. In order to take off from what was considered the monotonous effect of the unbroken line of entablature shown in the model, I was directed to make a projecting pavilion next Downing Street; and subsequently I was directed to make a design to continue a similar portico in the front of the Office of the Secretary of State for the Home department.'
Drawing 165 is signed as approved by Lord Liverpool and Frederick Robinson, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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Drawing

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