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image SM (233) 50/1/19

Reference number

SM (233) 50/1/19


Working drawing for the entrance hall to the Privy Council Offices, July 1826


233 Plan of the entrance hall, lobbies and water closets


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


New Council Offices, labelled: Landing, A, Floor 2ft above A (twice), steps numbered 1-6 and 7-10 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields / 17th July / 1826 and (verso) 9th Novr 1822 (sic)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red pen and pink wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper with three fold marks (262 x 347)


Stephen Burchell (1806-?, pupil 1823-28)


Smith & Allnutt 1817


The date on the verso is quite clearly wrong as the project to build the new Privy Council Offices did not begin until 1823, besides which the recto is dated '17th July 1826'.



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