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image SM (241) 49/3/43

Reference number

SM (241) 49/3/43


Variant designs for the new buildings, November 1826


241 Two front elevations with a plan of the frontage


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


Copy Approved / Liverpool / F Robinson, (in Soane's hand) Elevation as (last) approved / with the Columns order / of the three Columns / in the Campo Vaccino / & the balustrade over the Attic of the Corridor removed

Signed and dated

  • (pencil) Lincolns Inn Fields / 25th Novr 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, yellow ochre and blue washes, pricked for transfer with double ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (543 x 750)


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


J Whatman Turkey Mill 1826


Robinson reported to the Select Committee that he had been led to believe that the balustrade 'was to be the part of an entire story, and not merely two walls very near together for the mere purpose of concealing the skylights' (1828 Report). At a meeting at Fife House in November 1826 objections were raised about this balustrade (top elevation), which Soane had mistakenly replaced after having it altered instead of having it removed. The Treasury officials subsequently ordered its removal (bottom elevation).



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