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Reference number

SM (178) 49/6/8 (179) 49/6/11 (180) 49/6/6

Purpose

Working drawings for the entrance hall and principal staircase of the Board of Trade, September 1825 (3)

Aspect

178 Plans & Section / of the Principal / Staircase to the New / Board of Trade and / Council Offices at / Whitehall; (verso) unfinished elevation of No. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields 179 Plans and section of the principal staircase at the new Board of Trade 180 Plan & Section of the Hall at the Board of Trade; (verso) Section through the northern end of the Board of Trade and Treasury Passage

Scale

(178-180) bar scales of 1/3 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

178 as above, labelled: Plan shewing the Steps from the Ground Floor / to the One Pair, Plan shewing the Steps from the Basement / to the Ground Floor, 24 Steps / 6½ Rise each Step / 13.0 height from / Floor to Floor, A, B, Section on the line A.B., Basement, Ground Floor, One Pair Floor and dimensions given 179 labelled: C Intended for Front of nosing / D dotted lines shows (sic) the 9'' Wall in Basement, Plan and Section of the Principal / Staircase - Board of Trade, Plan shewing the Steps from the / Basement to the Ground Floor, Feet / 13 from Floor / to Floor / 25 Risers / Tread 11''3/8 without / the nosing / 9'6'' from Basement / to Ground Floor / 16 risers, C, D (twice), A, B, D (twice), 16 risers to / Basement each 7 [?inches], Section on the Line AB, 2 half Bricks and dimensions given 180 as above and dimensions given; (verso): labelled (pencil): Basement Floor, Floor, Level of Principal Floor Board of Trade, Floor of Upper P------ (illegible) Treasury, Treasury Passage 5 Steps about -- (illegible), Street, Principal Floor

Signed and dated

  • (178) Lincolns Inn Fields / 14th Sepr 1825 (179) L.I.F. 3d Dec (see note) (180) Septr 17th 1825

Medium and dimensions

(178-180) Pen, pencil, pink and grey washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (700 x 530, 657 x 535, 530 x 370)

Hand

(178) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60) (179) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837) (180) Slade (?-?, clerk (measuring) 1825)

Watermark

(178) Smith & Allnutt 1823

Notes

On drawing 178 a coved ceiling has been added to the section through the entrance hall and principal staircase at ground floor level. This is repeated on drawing 179, a more basic version of the previous drawing. Drawing 179 is dated '3d Dec' but it matches drawing 178, dated '14th Sep[tembe]r 1825'. It may be that drawing 179 is a copy of drawing 178 although as the date is in a different hand to the rest of the drawing it was probably added later and is incorrect.
On the verso of drawing 178 is an unfinished elevation of No. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Level

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