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image SM (281) P257

Reference number

SM (281) P257

Purpose

Presentation drawing of the new government buildings, 1829

Aspect

281 Composite of perspectives of the new government buildings

Inscribed

Elevation of the exterior of the official residence of the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the same style of architecture as the exterior of the Board of Trade and new Privy Council Offices with a similar range of buildings to the south to complete the original design begun in the year MDCCCXXV // This Design when completed would open Views of King Henry the Seventh's Chapel, the South Entrance into Westminster Abbey Church and other Public / Buildings - In this Design the Home Department is placed at the South East corner of Downing Street, to the South of that Edifice is the / State Paper Office and Chambers for the Judges; the exterior of this Building corresponds in every respect with the New Privy Council Offices / and Board of Trade; southward of these Offices is the Colonial Office, the exterior appearance of which corresponds with the proposed / front of the present Home Department; These Offices may be united together so as to form one great work, by the Triumphal or Arched / Entrance shewn in this Drawing or by Stone Piers, Iron Gates and suitable Lodges forming an appropriate entrance into Downing Street & Downing Place, Inscribed to the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, This view of the entrance from Downing Place into Downing Street is inscribed / to the Right Honble the Viscount Goderich, This view of the interior of the new Council Chamber / is inscribed to the Right Honble the Lord President of the Council, This design for the exterior of the present official residence of the Secretary of State for the Home Department / is inscribed to the Right Honble Robert Peel MP &c &c &c, Plan of a design to complete the buildings at the corner of Downing Street begun under the official directions of the late Earl of Liverpool and of the Right Honble Frederic (sic) John Robinson, King Street, Whitehall, Downing Street, Downing / Place

Signed and dated

  • dateable to 1829

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, blue, black, grey and red washes on wove paper, framed (732 x 1293)

Hand

Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843)

Notes

The design for the frontage to the Home Office (top right) is similar to drawing 264. In the bottom perspective it can be seen that the frontage to the Home Office is repeated at the southern end of the King Street range. Statuary has been added to the pavilions on either side of Downing Street. In the centre panel the Privy Council Chamber is shown in its full glory - Soane's 'undecoration' works were halted in late 1827. The drawing is dateable to 1829. A total of four drawings of the new Treasury Offices were exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1826 and 1829. Drawing 281 has a 'plan of a design to complete the buildings at the corner of Downing Street begun under the official directions of the late Earl of Liverpool'. Liverpool died in December 1828, meaning that this must be the drawing exhibited in 1829 (no. 998).

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Drawing

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