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SM (224) 49/5/17


Three designs for the end of Downing Street, April 1826


224 Three perspective Sketches of Designs for completing the New Buildings in Downing Street with plans of the elevations of the pavilions


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Signed and dated

  • 4th April 1825 (incorrect) and April 4th 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and sepia washes, pricked for transfer with single ruled border on wove paper (599 x 417)


George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)


The date at the bottom of the drawing - '4th April 1825' - is incorrect. Elsewhere on the drawing, for example beneath the middle perspective, is the correct date - 'April 4th 1826'.
In the top view the Triumphal Arch is located directly behind the pavilions, whereas on the middle and bottom views it is further along Downing Street. The end of the building on the left is different in all three views. In the middle perspective the central part is recessed deeper than in the view above. In the bottom view the columns are in antis.



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