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Reference number

SM (255) 49/5/44 (256) 49/5/46 (257) 49/5/45

Purpose

Designs for a Triumphal Arch on Downing Street, November-December 1827 (3)

Aspect

255 Plan of Triumphal Arch; (verso) part plan of triumphal arch 256 Plan of Triumphal Arch 257 Plan of Triumphal Arch

Scale

(255) bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot (256, 257) bar scales of 3/16 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

255 labelled: Downing Street and dimensions given 256 Last Design

Signed and dated

  • (255) 27 Novr 1827 (256) 1 Decr 1827 (257) 2 Decr 1827

Medium and dimensions

(255-257) Pen and grey wash, (255, verso) pen and pencil, pricked for transfer on laid paper with one fold mark (302 x 487, 596 x 486, 596 x 486)

Hand

(255-257) ?Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)

Watermark

(255) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate CA (256, 257) C Ansell 1824 and fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate CA

Notes

The dates given on drawings 256 and 257 appear to be in Soane's hand although the drawings themselves are not by him. The Triumphal Arch is designed to sit between the Privy Council Office and the new State Paper Office behind the pavilions on Downing Street. Drawing 257 is almost a copy of drawing 256 but it has some slight changes. For example, the third column from the bottom of the sheet on either side of Downing Street is brought in line with the columns of the pavilions, following the pencil amendments on drawing 256. The two vestibules at the top of the drawing are bigger than on drawing 256.

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Drawing

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