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SM (282) XP54


Presentation drawing made to accompany a model of the new government buildings, 1830


282 General Plan of a Design for completing the Buildings at Whitehall North and South of Downing Street and of the projected / Improvements in the Vicinity connected therewith MDCCCXXV


as above, labelled: Abingdon Street, Old / Palace Yard, North Entrance to the Abbey, Sessions / House, New / Palace Yard, Bridge Street, Great George Street, Storeys / Gate, King Street, Parliament Street, Colonial / Office, Record / Office, Home / Office, Foreign Office, St James's Park, Downing / Place, Downing / Street, Privy Council / Office, Board of / Trade, Home Office, Melbourne / House, Whitehall, Banqueting House, (left of drawing) At the South east corner of Downing Street / is the proposed New "Home Office" (A) and Southward / of that Edifice the New Record Office, Judges Chambers &c (B) / the Colonial Office, Board of Control &c (C) - the exterior / [of] these Public Buildings corresponding in every respect / to the front of the Privy Council Office (D) and Board / [of T]rade (E) might be connected together by a / [Tri]umphal Arch (F), commemorative of the glorious / [Vict]ories by Sea and Land, achieved by British / ----- (missing) during the late war. // (much text missing) [Ki]ng Street is considerably widened and / [?continued] in a straight line towards / [Westminster] Abbey Church (G), the centre of the / ------- (missing) [ce]ntre of the North, (right of drawing) The Building at the North extremity (H) / containing the Office of the Secretary of State / for the Home department is proposed to be New / Fronted and added to the Treasury Chambers / to which it is contiguous and where additional / accommodations are wanted for the despatch / of the important duties of that department / and for the convenience of the Public. // K Shews the site of some Houses in Parlia[ment] / Street proposed to be taken down / L The New State Paper Office / M Westminster Hall / N The Law Courts / O The House of Commons / P The House of Lords

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Drawing 282 is affixed to the back of the case containing a model of the projected new government buildings on Whitehall (L91) which sits on the mantelpiece in the Library-Dining Room at No. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields. The model was made between 27 March and 12 June 1830 and as the drawing seems to have been made specifically to accompany the model it might date to the same period of time.
Drawing 282 is comparable to drawing 271, although the line of the front of the two ranges seems to be shallower on drawing 282 and a block of buildings in Parliament Street is earmarked for demolition.
See J. Wilton-Ely, 'The architectural models of Sir John Soane: a catalogue', Architectural History, Vol. 12 (1969), pp. 5-38+81-101, for further information about L91.



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