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Reference number

SM (176) 49/5/35

Purpose

Design for the government offices including a new building on the south side of Downing Street, August 1825

Aspect

176 General site plan with outline of new buildings overlaid; (verso) unfinished plan of one of the commissioners' churches

Scale

bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

(in Soane's hand) A, Extent of Council Office, Shew'd this plan to Mr Robinson / in Downing Street / Settled to build immediately / as far as A in a continued line as shewn by the red parts and dimensions of Downing Square given

Signed and dated

  • (in Soane's hand) Monday 15th Aug 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink and grey washes, (verso) pen, pencil and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (531 x 740)

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

1816

Notes

After showing drawing 176 to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Soane was authorised to build the new offices up to the end of the Privy Council Chamber on the north side of Downing Street. The plan also shows the outline of the frontage of the building he wished to erect on the south side of Downing Street.
The verso of drawing 176 has an unfinished plan of a church, drawn to scale and pricked for transfer.

Level

Drawing

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