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Reference number

SM (23) 82/1/17 (24) 82/1/18 (25) 82/1/19 (26) 82/1/20 (27) 82/1/21 (28) 82/1/22 (29) 82/1/23 (30) 82/1/24

Purpose

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

Aspect

23 Plan of the Basement Story 24 Plan of the Ground Floor 25 Plan of the First Floor 26 Plan of the upper part of Library and Attic 27 Elevation next the Park 28 Perspective View of the Front towards Duke St 29 Perspective View of the Fronts to the Park 30 Interior perspective view of the Library

Scale

(23-27) bar scales of 1/9 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

23 as above, No 1, No 2, Lincolns Inn Fields, labelled: Vaults (twice), Housekeeper, Bookbinder, Kitchen, Entrance, Store Room, Apartments for the Deputy Keeper's Family 24 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' 25 as above, No 3, No 2, Lincolns Inn Fields, labelled: Clerks Room, Water Closet, Sink &c, Reading Room, Room for / arranging / unsorted / Papers, Clerk's / Room, Library for the State Papers &c 26 as above, No 4, No 2, Lincolns Inn Fields, labelled: Chamber / for / Housekeeper, Reservoir, Staircase, Reading / Room 27 as above, No 5, No 2, Lincolns Inn Fields, On the 22nd September 1829, Mr Soane / being at Bath, Mr Bailey received a / note from Mr Seward requesting him / to call at the Office of Works on the 23rd / as Mr Seward had something to commu- / nicate relating to the New State Paper / Office which required to be explained / to Mr Soane. Mr B attended accordingly / when Mr Seward produced the Design / which Mr Soane had sent to the Office of / Works a short time previously to his / leaving Town, on which had been made / sundry memoranda & sketches in Pencil / as shewn on this Drawing. // Mr Seward then stated that the / Surveyor General had yesterday had an / interview with Mr Goulburn at the Treasury / the result of which would be seen by an / inspection of the Drawings and further / said that Mr G disapproved of the / Rusticated Quoins shewn in Mr Soanes / Design and wished the Elevation to be altered agreeably to the Pencil Sketch. // The Design so altered was sent to / the Office of Works. 19 Novr 1829., (pencil) No fire places to be / between the Windows / where it can be avoided / Library to be Fire proof / d[itt]o the rest of the building // Copy of the Memm and Pencil / Sketches on the Elevation recd / from the Office of Works with / the other Drawings of the State / Paper Office 23d Sept 1829 . by G.B. [George Bailey, 1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60] 28 as above, No 6, No 2, Lincolns Inn Fields 29 as above, No 7, No 2, Lincolns Inn Fields 30 as above, No 8, No 2, Lincolns Inn Fields

Signed and dated

  • June 1829
    (23-30) 20 June 1829

Medium and dimensions

(23, 24) Pen, pink, blue and grey washes, pricked for transfer with single ruled border on laid paper (295 x 482, 293 x 480) (25) pen, pink and sepia washes, pricked for transfer with single ruled border on laid paper (294 x 485) (26) pen, pink, sepia, grey and blue washes, pricked for transfer with single ruled border on laid paper (294 x 483) (27) pen, pencil, raw umber, black and sepia washes, pricked for transfer with single ruled border on laid paper (293 x 482) (28) pencil, sepia, raw umber, black and blue washes with single ruled sepia wash border on laid paper (292 x 474) (29) pencil, sepia, caput, black, green and blue washes with single ruled sepia wash border on laid paper (297 x 476) (30) pencil, sepia, raw umber and blue washes with single ruled sepia wash border on laid paper (294 x 475)

Hand

(23-30) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)

Watermark

(23, 25, 26, 29, 30) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate WW (24) C Ansell 1824 (27) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate TE (28) W Weatherley 1829

Notes

Drawings 23-30 are dated '20 June 1829', which is presumably the date that they were approved by Soane although they were not sent to the Office of Works until 2 September, along with an estimate and 7 drawings labelled 'Design No 1' (q.v. drawings 13 and 14). Soane's fellow Attached Architects, John Nash and Robert Smirke, were also directed to submit plans and estimates in June 1829, much to Soane's surprise. Drawings 23-30 are each numbered twice, once with a sequence number (1-8) and once again to indicate that each drawing belongs to set of designs 'No 2'. These are identical to drawings 15-22, although the perspectives are neater. Drawing 27 has pencil alterations and is inscribed with the text of a memorandum that was received on 23 September 1829. Pilasters have been added to the first and second storeys and the chimneys crossed out under the direction of Seward. The memorandum also states that Goulburn objected to the channelled quoins. The design was subsequently revised and a copy sent to the Office of Works on 19 November 1829.

Level

Drawing

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