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Reference number

SM (187) 49/5/30 (188) 49/5/28 (189) 49/5/29 (190) 49/5/31 (191) 49/5/32

Purpose

Designs for the new buildings and Triumphal Arch on Downing Street, December 1825 (5)

Aspect

187-191 Site plan

Scale

(187, 189-191) bar scales of 1/5 inch to 10 feet (188) bar scale of 4/5 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

187 labelled: Whitehall, Council Offices, Board of Trade, Hall (4 times), Staircase, Area (4 times), Melbourne House, Treasury Passage (twice), Court, Treasury, Chancellor of the Exchequer, St James's Park (twice), Mr Canning, Downing Square, Foreign / Office, Downing Street, State Paper Office, King Street, Private Houses (3 times), Mews Stabling &c, Crown Street 188 labelled: Stabling &c (twice), Areas &c, Private Houses (twice), 17'0'', About 25'0'', About 35'0'', Fludyer Street, Downing Square, Area (4 times), Treasury Gardens, St James's Park, Treasury Passage (twice), Hall (3 times), Staircase, (pencil): Kitchen Store / Room, Staircase, Book, Store Room, WC, Stairs, House / Keeper / Appartm[en]t (sic) 189 labelled: Whitehall, Board of Trade (twice), Hall (5 times), Council Offices, Staircase (3 times), Treasury Passage (twice), Melbourne House, Court, Treasury, Chancellor of the Exchequer, St James's Park (twice), Gardens, Areas &c, Mr Lushington, Mr Canning, Foreign Office, Fludyer Street, Private Houses (3 times), Mews Stabling &c, Crown Street, King Street 190 labelled: Whitehall, Hall, Principal / Staircase, Board of Trade &c, Home Department, Melbourne House, Area (4 times), Staircase (3 times), Treasury Passage, Court, Council Offices &c, Treasury, Passage leading to the Park, The Chancellor of the / Exchequer, St James's Park (twice), Garden, Mr Lushington, Mr Canning, Foreign Office, Fludyer Street, Downing Street, State Paper / Office, King Street, Private Houses (twice), Stabling &c, Crown Street

Signed and dated

  • (187) Lincolns Inn Fields / 22nd Decr 1825 (188) Lincolns Inn Fields / 24th Decr 1825 (189) Lincolns Inn Fields / Decr 24th 1825 (190) Lincolns Inn Fields / 30th December 1825

Medium and dimensions

(187, 189, 190) Pen, sepia, pink, yellow and blue washes, pricked for transfer with six ruled, sepia and black wash border on laid secretary paper with one fold mark (486 x 591, 484 x 591, 479 x 588) (188) pen, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer with five ruled, sepia and black wash border on stout wove paper with one fold mark (550 x 738) (191) pen, pink, grey and blue washes, pricked for transfer on laid secretary paper with one fold mark (487 x 600)

Hand

(187-189) Stephen Burchell (1806-?, pupil 1823-28) (190) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837) (191) Soane office

Watermark

(187, 189-191) W Weatherley 1822 and fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate JW (188) James Whatman

Notes

Five site plans show different designs for the new State Paper Office on the south side of Downing Street, the Triumphal Arch and the old Foreign Office (q.v. Soane: Office of Works: London: Old Foreign Office, Downing Street, 1825). In each case the State Paper Office has a frontage that is to the same size and proportion as the south pavilion of the Privy Council Offices. On drawings 187 and 189 the centre of this frontage is set back. The Triumphal Arch is located at the end of the Privy Council Offices. On drawings 190 and 191 the west end of Downing Square is open to St James's Park.
George Canning (1770-1827) was the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1807-9 and 1822-27.

Level

Drawing

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