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Reference number

SM (264) 49/5/7 (265) 49/5/6


New designs for the Home Office, 1827 (2)


264 Front elevation, plans of front at ground floor and attic level and section through front 265 Front elevation, plan of front, Elevation of / end A and Section thro Doorway


(264) bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot (265) bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


264 A Design for rebuilding the Front of the Offices of the Secretary of State for the Home Department and to unite it with the New Buildings / for the Board of Trade and Privy Council Offices 265 Design for the New front to the "Home Department", labelled: A, C, The blue tint shews / the line of the upper / order, Pilaster (twice), Pilaster C on Plan, Column (3 times), Column B, Pilaster lower diam[ete]r of Column B

Signed and dated

  • (264) 1827

Medium and dimensions

(264) Pen, sepia, pink and blue washes, pricked for transfer on two sheets of wove paper, affixed (436 x 530) (265) pen, sepia, pink and blue washes, (verso) pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper (305 x 360)


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


Drawings 264 and 265 show two variations on an alternative design by Soane for the rebuilding of the Home Office. The intention, presumably, was to remedy the problem of the encroachment of the north pavilion into the street - in these designs, the frontage to the Home Office is set at a slight angle from the Board of Trade to return onto Whitehall.
In the first variation (drawing 264) the Home Office is the same height as the Board of Trade Offices to the top of the attic. The entablature is broken and supported by clusters of fluted columns and pilasters. The second variation has a much taller attic - actually a complete upper storey - and is capped with a balustrade. The entablature is decorated with six sculptures and the ground floor columns and pilasters are repeated on the upper storey.
A composite drawing of views of the new Treasury Offices by Joseph Gandy (1771-1843) shows the Home Office to the design of drawing 264 (q.v. drawing 281).
The verso of drawing 264 has a design for a new royal entrance to the House of Lords (q.v. Soane: Office of Works: London: Palace of Westminster: House of Lords: Designs for a new entrance to the House of Lords). On the verso of drawing 265 are the beginnings of a pencil perspective of the design for the new Home Office from the south east.



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