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Reference number

SM (13) 82/1/39 (14) 82/1/1

Purpose

Initial designs for the New State Paper Office, May 1829 (2)

Aspect

13 Elevation of the Park front 14 Perspective View of the front towards Duke Street; (verso) plan of the ground floor

Scale

(13) bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

13 (in Soane's hand) No 1 Design for the New State Paper / Office, No 1 14 as above, Copy No 1, Upper Crown / Street

Signed and dated

  • May 1829
    (13) May 1829 (14) L. I. Fields May 18th [18]29

Medium and dimensions

(13) Pen, sepia and black washes, pricked for transfer with single ruled border on laid paper (303 x 393) (14) pencil, raw umber, black and burnt umber washes, (verso: pencil, pricked for transfer) with five ruled sepia and black wash border on wove paper (281 x 296)

Hand

(13, 14) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)

Watermark

(13) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate WW (14) Smith & Allnutt

Notes

Soane's first designs for the New State Paper Office show a remarkably austere building of two principal storeys with an attic and a rusticated basement, channelled quoins and an entablature with a frieze decorated with a Greek fret pattern. The first set of designs was sent to B. C. Stephenson at the Office of Works on 16 May 1829 with an estimate of £12,850.

Level

Drawing

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