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Reference number

SM (52) 82/1/40


Alternative design with attic windows, April 1830


52 Elevation of the front to the Park; (verso) elevation of an end bay and Section on A


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot; (verso) bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


(in Soane's hand) some dimensions given; (verso) as above, Memm from the level of St James's Park / the footings of the present Building / are 6.0 deep, (in Soane's hand) 12 feet from / Centre to / Centre of / Window and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 23 April 1830
    23d Apl / 1830; (verso, feint pencil) 6th June 1829

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, raw umber and black washes, (verso: pen, pink, sepia, raw umber and black washes), pricked for transfer with multi-ruled sepia and black wash border on wove paper (374 x 535)


Soane office; (verso) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)


Soane experimented with different ways of lighting the attic and different positions for the chimneys in April and May 1830. In drawing 52, the attic windows are at the top of the elevation, beneath the frieze. On the verso is a much earlier drawing, dated '6th June 1829', showing a rusticated end bay and a section through the rooms in the west part of the building - that is, the Deputy Keeper's apartments, office and the double-height library, the gallery of which is supported on cast iron columns as in drawing 39.



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