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image SM (172) 49/2/7

Reference number

SM (172) 49/2/7


Working drawing for the Privy Council Offices, May 1825


172 Plan of the Basement Story


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, The New Council Offices, labelled: Wall, Door, The Centre of these Windows to / correspond with those of the Board Room of the Board of Trade, equal (twice) and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields / 25th May 1825 and 5th Decr 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (702 x 524)


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


Smith & Allnutt 1820


It is unclear why the drawing has been dated twice, but perhaps the later date refers to the part of the building on Downing Street.



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