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Reference number

SM (47) 82/3/3 (48) 82/1/86 (49) 82/1/61 (50) 82/1/90

Purpose

Survey drawings of the site and design for the new foundations, April 1830 (4)

Aspect

47 Block plan of Lady Suffolk's house; (verso) plan and section through foundations 48 Sections of the different Strattas Strata of Earth / as bored from the foundation of intended Site for / State Paper Office 49 Sections of the different Strata of Earth as bored from the / Foundation of intended Site for State Paper Office 50 Sections through Foundation for New State Paper Office / as settled by Mr Soane and the foundations of Lady Suffolk's house; (verso) rough details of the Picture Room, 14 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Scale

(47) bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot (48) bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot (49) bar scales of 3/20 inch to 1 foot and 1/12 inch to 1 foot (50) bar scale of 9/20 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

47 labelled: State Paper Office, A, B, C, D, E, Duke Street and dimensions given; (verso) Planking 48 as above, labelled: A, B, C, D, E, To Mould or Peat Earth, Sand and Loom (sic) (5 times), Peat Earth (5 times), Soft quick sand (4 times), loose stoney / Gravel (5 times), Blue Clay (5 times), [distance] To Gravel and To Clay, a Vein of soft sand (twice), a Vein of sand & Gravel (twice), Sand and Gravel and dimensions given 49 as above, labelled: water, A, B, C, D, E, Sand and / Loam (5 times), Peat Earth (5 times), soft quick / sand & Gravel (4 times), loose Stony / Gravel (5 times), blue Clay (5 times), soft sand (twice), sand or gravel, Section of the Old / Foundation Wall, 3in planking / 9x9 Oak sleepers, Duke Street, Mr Farquhars House, A, B, C, D, E and dimensions given 50 as above, labelled: Sand & Gravel, Peat, Peat Earth, Broken Granite laid in / layers and grouted, Broken Granite, York Landing (twice), Sleeper (twice), Planking, Oak Sleeper, Plank, Old Wall, Water, Level of St James' Park, Floor of New Building and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 3 April 1830 - 7 April 1830
    (47) April 3rd 1830 (48) April 3d 1830 (49) April 5th 1830 (50) 7th April 1830

Medium and dimensions

(47) Pen and grey washes, (verso: pencil), pricked for transfer on wove paper (475 x 622) (48) pen, grey, sepia, olive green and pink washes on wove paper (329 x 554) (49) pen, grey, sepia, pink and blue washes on laid paper backed on wove paper (282 x 490) (50) pen, pencil, sepia, grey, violet, pink and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (294 x 477)

Hand

(47-49) ?clerk of works (50) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Watermark

(49) W Weatherley 1829 (50) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate WW

Notes

The letters A-E on drawings 47 and 49 correspond to the areas at which the ground was bored to examine the different strata of earth, shown in the sections on drawings 48 and 49. The ground beneath the site consists of layers of sand and loam, peat, sand and gravel, stony gravel and blue clay of varying depths. The design for the new foundations is compared to the old foundations on drawing 50. The stepped foundations 'as settled by Mr Soane' are 10 feet deep and include a bed of broken granite, layered and grouted.

On the verso of drawing 50 are rough details of the Picture Room at the rear of 14 Lincoln's Inn Fields. The Soane office Day Books record Charles James Richardson making 'drawings of the Picture Room on stone' between 19 and 30 March 1830, probably in preparation for the first edition of the Description of the Residence of Sir John Soane, Architect (1830).

Level

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