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Reference number

SM (192) 49/5/23 (193) 49/5/22 (194) 49/5/21 (195) 49/5/19 (196) 49/5/20 (197) 49/5/18

Purpose

Designs for a Triumphal Arch on Downing Street, December 1825 (6)

Aspect

192 Perspective Sketch of a Design for completing the New Buildings / in Downing Street and Downing Place 193 Perspective Sketch of a Design for completing the New Buildings / in Downing Street &c 194 Perspective Sketch of a Design for a Triumphal Arch &c forming the / Entrance to Downing Place from St James's Park 195 Perspective Sketch of a Design for completing the New Buildings / in Downing Street 196 Perspective Sketch of a Design for completing the New Buildings / in Downing Street and Downing Place 197 Perspective Sketch of a Design for completing the New Buildings in Downing Street &c

Inscribed

192-197 as above

Signed and dated

  • (192) 23rd Decr 1825 (193) 25th Decr 1825 (194) 26th Decr 1825 (195, 196) 27th Decr 1825 (197) 31st Decr 1825

Medium and dimensions

(192-197) Pencil, sepia and blue washes with single ruled border on wove paper (639 x 453, 642 x 517, 643 x 520, 642 x 520, 643 x 517, 645 x 517)

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(192-197) Smith & Allnutt 1823

Notes

Drawings 192-197 show the Triumphal Arch that Soane intended to build in Downing Street from Whitehall, except for drawing 194 which shows the Arch from the west (St James's Park) end of Downing Street. The Arch, which is based on the Arch of Constantine in Rome, is surmounted by an equestrian statue of either King George III or IV. The attic panel on drawing 194 depicts a group of ships. The Arch was intended to celebrate British naval victories.
Although the design of the Triumphal Arch is more or less the same in each drawing, the offices to the left (south) side of Downing Street are different. On drawings 192 and 196 the entablature recedes between the columns. Drawings 193 and 195 are similar to each other, except that the Arch is located further into Downing Street in the latter design. On drawing 196 the Downing Street frontage of the new State Paper Office retains only the outer columns. On drawing 197, this building has a bowed end.

Level

Drawing

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