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SM (50) 49/5/8


Survey drawing of the Old Tennis Court containing the offices of the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 1824


50 Elevation of Front of the Offices of the Secretary of State for the Home Department at Whitehall; (verso) plan of the site showing the excavated ground


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Passage, Old Wall, Defaced Stone (4 times), Section of Tower or Turrets, Face of Wall, Hight (sic) of Window (twice) and dimensions given, the rest illegible; (verso, pencil): The Excavated / Ground is 7.9 / below the Str[eet] / Paving, White Hall, Excavated Ground (twice), This ?Shore is 3 feet above the Foundation, Downing Street, Council Offices, Treasury Passage, This Shore is 1.3 above the / Excavated Gr[ound]

Signed and dated

  • 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pen, light red and grey washes, (verso) pencil, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper (722 x 534)


?clerk of works


Drawing 50 shows the left hand side of the frontage to the Home Office - formerly the Old Tennis Court - with a section through one of the corner turrets. It was later decided to include new offices for the Home Department in the new building but the Tudor frontage was retained until Charles Barry's remodelling of Soane's building in 1846. The verso of the drawing corresponds to drawings 45-49 and shows the ground excavated on the site.



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