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SM (166) 49/3/42


Presentation design for new government offices, March 1825


166 Front elevation and plan of the front with letter from B. C. Stephenson affixed


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


labelled: Passage to Treasury, (letter) My Dear Sir // I transmit you herewith a Plan with / two Drawings for the Buildings of the / Board of Trade, Council Office, &c / with the signatures of Lord Liverpool & / Mr Robinson, to the One they have / approved of, & which I will thank you / to return one (I mean the approved Plan) / when you can share it. I wish to / have an Opportunity of consulting with / you upon the Agreements to be entered into / for the execution of this Work, and / particularly in respect to the / Foundations for these Buildings / which you will of course be anxious / to commence upon as soon as possible // Believe me / Yrs very faithfully / B C Stephenson // John Soane Esq

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields / March 1825 and letter dated Office of Works / 20th April 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink, blue and green washes, pricked for transfer with quadruple ruled, sepia and black wash border on wove paper (535 x 744); (letter) pen on laid paper with three fold marks (185 x 118)


George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)


Smith & Allnutt 182- (obscured by letter)


Drawing 166 seems to be a presentation drawing, judging by its neatness and border. The two pavilions project 6 feet from the main front of the building.
The drawing was returned to Soane by B. C. Stephenson (c.1766-1839), the Surveyor General of the Office of Works. A proposal from Johnson & Co. for laying the foundations was approved on 26 April 1825.



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