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Reference number

SM (215) 49/1/14 (216) 49/1/13 (217) 49/1/42B (218) 49/1/11 (219) 49/1/43

Purpose

Working drawings for the Privy Council Chamber, February-March 1826 (5)

Aspect

215 Plan of One of the Piers in the Council Chamber 216 Plan of the New Privy Council Chamber; (verso) unfinished detail of the bowed end of a room 217 Column & Pilaster for the Council Chamber 218 Roof of Council Chamber 219 Plan of the Council Chamber and Section through the / Council Chamber

Scale

(215) full size (216) to a scale (217) bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot (218) to a scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot (219) bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

215 as above, New Council Offices and some dimensions given (probably added later) 216 as above, Downing Street and dimensions given 217 as above, New Council Offices at Whitehall, (in Soane's hand) No 8 Col[umns], No 2 of these Pil[asters], No 6 pil[asters] and dimensions given 218 as above, New Council Offices, labelled: Oak Plate, Oak, Fir (4 times), Dry Old / Oak and dimensions given 219 as above

Signed and dated

  • (215) 28 Feb 1826 (216, 219) March 1826 (217) L.I.F. / 13th March 1826 (218) March 24 1826

Medium and dimensions

(215) Pen and burnt Sienna wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (556 x 662) (216) pen, pink and yellow washes, (217) pen and burnt Sienna wash, (218) pen and blue wash, (216-218) pricked for transfer on wove paper (659 x 525, 368 x 509, 750 x 540) (219) pen, pencil, pink, yellow and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (521 x 370)

Hand

(215) Soane office (216, 217) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837) (218) David Mocatta (1806-82, pupil 1821-27) (219) Stephen Burchell (1806-?, pupil 1823-28)

Watermark

(215) 1821 (216-218) Smith & Allnutt 1823

Notes

The Privy Council Chamber was one of Soane's most spectacular interiors - double height with a vaulted ceiling, skylights, wall panelling, columns and pilasters (drawing 219). Some idea of the fine moulding on the walls is given by drawing 215. Drawing 216 clearly shows the outline of the starfish vaulted ceiling which occupied the centre of the room with spaces down either side for skylights (drawing 219). The plan gives the location of the piers and columns in yellow wash. The eight columns shown on drawing 217 are on either side of the doors at the east and west ends of the room and the windows in the centre of the north and south walls. Drawing 218 shows the timbers of the roof.

Level

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