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Reference number

SM (15) 82/1/7 (16) 82/1/8 (17) 82/1/9 (18) 82/1/10 (19) 82/1/11 (20) 82/1/31 (21) 82/1/30 (22) 82/1/32

Purpose

Designs for the New State Paper Office, May-June 1829 (8)

Aspect

15 Plan of the Basement Story 16 Plan of the Ground Floor 17 Plan of the First Floor 18 Plan of the upper part of Library and Attic 19 Elevation next the Park 20 Perspective from Duke Street 21 Perspective from the Park 22 Interior perspective of the Library with detail of one of the brackets supporting the gallery

Scale

(15-19) bar scales of 1/9 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

15 as above, 1, Lincolns Inn Fields, labelled: Vaults (twice), Housekeeper, Bookbinder, Kitchen, Entrance, Store Room, Apartments for the Deputy Keepers Family 16 as above, 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' 17 as above, No 3, Lincolns Inn Fields, labelled: Clerks Room, Water Closet, Sink &c, Reading Room, Room for / arranging / unsorted / Papers, Staircase, Clerks / Room, Library for the State Papers &c 18 as above, 4, Lincolns Inn Fields, labelled: Chamber / for / Housekeeper, Reservoir, Staircase, Reading / Room 19 as above, 5, Lincolns Inn Fields, (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 20 (pencil) No 6 21 (pencil) No 7, No 2 22 No 2

Signed and dated

  • May 1829 - June 1829

Medium and dimensions

(15, 16) Pen, pink, blue and grey washes, pricked for transfer with single ruled border on laid paper (295 x 457, 291 x 455) (17) pen, pink and sepia washes, pricked for transfer with single ruled border on laid paper (292 x 452) (18) pen, pink, sepia, grey and blue washes, pricked for transfer with single ruled border on laid paper (291 x 455) (19) pen, raw umber, black and sepia washes, pricked for transfer with single ruled border on laid paper (284 x 442) (20) pencil, sepia, caput, black and green washes with single ruled sepia wash border on laid paper (291 x 410) pencil, sepia, black and blue washes with single ruled sepia wash border on laid paper (293 x 437) (22) pencil, sepia, raw umber, blue and red washes with single ruled sepia wash border on laid paper (293 x 445)

Hand

(15-22) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)

Watermark

(15, 18-20) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate CA (16, 17, 21, 22) C Ansell 1824

Notes

Drawings 15-22 are the first of three sets of identical designs for the New State Paper Office (see also drawings 23-30 and 31-38). Each set consists of four plans, an elevation of the north front (facing the park), two exterior perspectives and an interior perspective of the library. The building has rooms for the storage of papers, offices for clerks and a bookbinder and accommodation for the Deputy Keeper's family and a housekeeper. Soane's designs include a double-height library, top-lit by five square skylights, with a gallery on the first floor (drawing 22). The desks in the library are specially designed for consulting bound volumes (S. Palmer, 'Sir John Soane and the design of the New State Paper Office, 1829-1834', Archivaria, 60, 2005, p. 61). The north elevation (drawing 19) has six bays. The basement and end bays are rusticated and have channelled quoins, but there are no windows to the attic storey (in contrast to drawings 13-14). The entire attic storey is, in fact, top-lit. In very feint pencil two pilasters have been added to the first and second storeys of the elevation. These relate to Goulburn's request for Soane's new building to emulate the Banqueting House (see scheme note). A note on drawing 19, added later in pencil, carries the instructions that there are to be 'no fire places...between the windows' and that the library is to be fire-proof. Minimising the risk of fire was one of the key requirements of the new building and has been dealt with in detail by Susan Palmer (op. cit., pp. 39-70).

Between 9-12 June 1829, Charles Richardson (1809-71) was 'copying sketch of Mr Gandy's of interior of library New State Paper Office', according to the Soane office Day Books. Gandy's original is not known to have survived.

Level

Drawing

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