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image SM (173) 50/2/15

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SM (173) 50/2/15


Design for new Home Office, Board of Trade and Privy Council Offices, June 1825


173 Plan of the Site of the Board of Trade and / Privy Council Offices, the Houses in Downing / Square, Downing Street &c 1824


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Blue tint indicates the line of front / of the New Buildings, labelled: Fludyer Street, Foreign Office, Downing Square, Houses, Downing Street, Whitehall, Axe and / Gate / Publick house, Messenger / Room, Lobby, Mr Humphreys / Office, Mr Valley, Mr Gaitscall, Mr Letchfield, Closet, Office Keepers / Room, No 2 Private House, Skullery (sic), No 3, Henry the / Eight / Publick House, Cellars under this / Room & Passage / belonging to the / Public House, Kitchen, Coach House, Treasury Passage, No 5 Private House, No 6, No 7, No 8, No 9, No 10, Back part of the Chancellor House, Stable Yard, Cellar, Treasury Passage, Mr Lushington / Stable, Mr Robinson / Stable, Mr Robinson / Coach House, Store Room (twice), Rubish (sic) / in this / Back Yard, Messenger / Room, Lumber Room / under Council Chamber, Passage to Cockpit / or Council Chamber, Back / Yard, Kitchen, Treasury / covered Platform, Temporary Stair / to the Council Room / commonly caled (sic) the / Cockpit, Old Tennis Court, Excavated Ground, Treasury Passage, Part of Treasury, not completed beyond the "Treasury Passage", Home Department and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • L.I.F. June 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer on five sheets of wove paper, affixed (790 x 1006)


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


Drawing 173 is an earlier survey drawing with additions made in June 1825. The original drawing matches drawings 45-49 and shows the ground excavated at the site of the former Board of Trade. Added later in blue wash is the outline of the new Board of Trade, Privy Council and Home Offices.



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