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Reference number

SM (31) 82/1/25 (32) 82/1/26 (33) 82/1/27 (34) 82/1/28 (35) 82/1/29 (36) 82/1/12 (37) 82/1/13 (38) 82/1/14

Purpose

Presentation copies of designs for the New State Paper Office labelled 'No 2', June 1829 (8)

Aspect

31 Plan of the Basement Story 32 Plan of the Ground Floor 33 Plan of the First Floor 34 Plan of the upper part of Library and Attic 35 Elevation next the Park 36 Perspective View of the Front towards Duke St 37 Perspective View of the Fronts to the Park 38 Interior perspective view of the Library

Scale

(31-35) bar scales of 1/9 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

31 as above, No 2 (twice), Lincolns Inn Fields, labelled: Vaults (twice), Housekeeper, Bookbinder, Kitchen, Entrance, Store Room, Apartments for the Deputy Keepers Family 32 as above, No 2 (twice), Lincolns Inn Fields, labelled: Duke Street, Messenger / 12'6'' by 13'9'', Water / Closet, Housemaid's / Closet, Reading Room / 12'6'' by 13'9'', Waiting Room, 12'6'' by 19'0'', Staircase, Entrance Hall, 12'6'' by 19'0'', Room / for Keeping / Treaties / 21' by 24', Deputy Keeper / 23'0'' by 17'0'', Room for / the Keeper / of State Papers / 21' by 24'; (verso): various calculations in Soane's hand 33 as above, No 3, No 2, Lincolns Inn Fields, labelled: Clerks Room, Water Closet, Sink &c, Reading Room, Room for / arranging / unsorted / Papers, Staircase, Clerk's / Room, (in Soane's hand) Iron / Door (twice), Library for the State Papers &c 34 as above, No 4, No 2, Lincolns Inn Fields, labelled: Chamber / for / Housekeeper, Reservoir, Staircase, Reading / Room, (in Soane's hand) Iron / Door (twice) 35 as above, No 5, No 2, Lincolns Inn Fields 36 as above, No 6, Lincolns Inn Fields 37 as above, No 7, Lincolns Inn Fields 38 as above, Lincolns Inn Fields

Signed and dated

  • June 1829

Medium and dimensions

(31, 32) Pen, pink, blue and grey washes, pricked for transfer with five ruled sepia and black wash border on laid paper (295 x 478, 299 x 487) (33) pen, pink and sepia washes, pricked for transfer with five ruled sepia and black wash border on laid paper (295 x 477) (34) pen, pink, sepia, grey and blue washes, pricked for transfer with five ruled sepia and black wash border on laid paper (296 x 479) (35) pen, pencil, raw umber, black and sepia washes, pricked for transfer with five ruled sepia and black wash border on laid paper (295 x 484) (36) pencil, sepia, raw umber, black and blue washes with single ruled sepia wash border on laid paper (289 x 448) (37) pencil, sepia, caput, black, green and blue washes with single ruled sepia wash border on laid paper (288 x 455) (38) pencil, sepia, raw umber and blue washes, pricked for transfer with single ruled sepia wash border on laid paper (288 x 452)

Hand

(31-38) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)

Watermark

(31, 32, 35, 37, 38) C Ansell 1824 (33, 34, 36) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate CA

Notes

The third set of designs labelled 'No 2' have more elaborate borders. Drawing 35 has the same pilasters added to the north elevation in pencil. Soane's addition of 'Iron Doors' to the library (drawing 33) was a fireproofing measure, although Susan Palmer points out that there is no evidence for them ever being put in ('Sir John Soane and the design of the new State Paper Office', Archivaria, 60, 2005, p. 57).

Level

Drawing

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