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image SM (271) 49/5/39

Reference number

SM (271) 49/5/39


Design for the new government buildings and alterations to the Palace of Westminster, April 1828


271 General plan of Westminster with elevation of the new government buildings


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 10 feet


labelled (pencil): West[minste]r Bridge, Abbingdon (sic) St, Old Palace Yard, Parliament Street, King Street, Banqueting House, Parliament St, Horse Guards, St James's Park, Parade, G[rea]t George St, Storeys Gate, Wrong, This Side

Signed and dated

  • (pencil) April 9th 1828

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia, blue, green and pink washes with single ruled border on laid paper with one fold mark (245 x 354)


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


fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate CA


Drawing 271 shows Soane's idea for developing Westminster around his new buildings. He proposes to demolish several buildings along King Street so as to open up an uninterrupted vista between Westminster Abbey and the new government buildings on Whitehall. The unbuilt range is labelled as 'wrong'. Soane's alterations to the old Foreign Office and 10-12 Downing Street are also shown and, in a lighter shade of pink, his unexecuted designs for a new entrance to the House of Lords from Old Palace Yard (q.v., for example, SM 16/7/4-5). See also separate catalogue entries under Soane: Office of Works: Old Foreign Office, Downing Street and Soane: Office of Works: 10-12 Downing Street.



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