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image SM (223) 49/5/47

Reference number

SM (223) 49/5/47


Design for a Triumphal Arch, March 1826


223 Plan of the Downing Street elevations of the new buildings with elevation and section through a Triumphal Arch


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


labelled (in Soane's hand): Whitehall, Downing Place, Pilas[ter], Pil[aster] and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 26 March 1826 and (pencil) 4 April 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, red pen, pink and grey washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with three fold marks (738 x 537)


Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)


Smith & Allnutt 1823


On drawing 223, in contrast to drawings 213-214, the Triumphal Arch has moved further eastwards towards the entrance to Downing Street.



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