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Reference number

SM (266) 49/1/34 (267) 49/1/34B (268) 49/1/33

Purpose

Working drawings for systems of heating the Privy Council Office, March 1828 (3)

Aspect

266 Plan of a staircase 267 Plan of the New Council Chamber Downing Street / shewing the proposed method of warming it by Mr Featham 268 Plan proposed by Mr Hanson for Warming the / Staircase, Ante-Chamber &c

Scale

(266) bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot (268) bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

266 (in Soane's hand) More equally warmed with two Ventilators / on the sides of the Entrance from / the Ante room into the Privy Council Chamber // If one ^is placed in the Centre of the doorway will that / be a better mode of warming the P. C. Chamber? // Which way does Mr Featham think / would be the best? // (in William Featham's hand) Answer I think one on Each Side of / Doorway will be preferable, the whole compleated by Saturday March 22 / and sooner if possible Wm Featham, labelled: as high as the / Cieling, Mouth / of / Stove, door, wind[ow] 267 as above, (in Soane's hand) The pipes being placed / as shewn at AB / A &c leave the Cieling / of a regular form // The pipe ^14 by 5 will be about / five inches below / the level of the Cieling / of the Library, Copper flue B / C Vacuity of / about 1 In[ch] / D Casing of / plate Iron, labelled: Door (4 times), Bar (4 times), Seat, Wall below, Vent[ilation] (4 times) and dimensions given 268 as above, New Council Offices Whitehall, (in Soane's hand) Room A & Staircase / B & C & parts / connected to be / thoroughly warmed. // The whole expense of the Stove & / every part connected therewith not / to exceed One hundred pounds / to be completed / on or before Saturday / the 22d of March / for Mr B Harison / Mr Wright, labelled: A, Copper pipe (twice), B, Cold air drain, Oval pipes / 9 by 14 of Copper, Diam[eter] 1:0, C and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (266) 10 March 1828 and Wm Featham / March 20 1828 (267) 10 March 1828 (268) 11 March 1828

Medium and dimensions

(266) Pen and pencil, partly pricked for transfer on laid paper (489 x 299) (267) pen, raw umber, pink and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (597 x 488) (268) pen, raw umber, light red and black washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (476 x 235)

Hand

(266) Soane (267, 268) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)

Watermark

(266) C Ansell 1824 (268) Smith & Allnutt 1827

Notes

One complaint about the Privy Council Chamber was that the room was cold, despite having four fireplaces (outlined in pink wash on drawing 267). A system of heating the Chamber with hot air flues was installed but after the fire which destroyed the Houses of Parliament in 1834 heating by flues was abandoned by the Office of Works.

Level

Drawing

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