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image SM (220) 49/1/41

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SM (220) 49/1/41


Working drawings for the Privy Council Offices, March 1826


220 Four sectional Sketches of Designs different parts of the Building in Downing Street (sic)


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, New Council Offices, labelled: Section through Hall & Ante Chamber, Section through Lobby to Ante Room, Water Closets &c, Lobby Floor, Section looking towards Downing Street, Staircase, Lobby, Ante Room, Council Chamber, (pencil) Lobby and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • LIF / March 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pink, blue, grey and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (527 x 511)


David Mocatta (1806-82, pupil 1821-27)


Smith & Allnutt 1820


The unlabelled section (bottom right) looks north through the entrance hall (ground floor) and antechamber (first floor) of the Privy Council Offices. In pencil, staffage has been added to suggest scale.



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