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Reference number

SM (65) 82/1/50 (66) 82/1/49

Purpose

Designs for the main entrance to the New State Paper Office, May 1830 (2)

Aspect

65 Elevation of the main entrance with detail of voussoirs in Soane's hand 66 Comparative elevation of the main entrance; (verso) preliminary plan of the library with section through skylights and, in Soane's hand, section through a wall and bookcase

Scale

(65) bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot (66) bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot; (verso) bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

65 (in Soane's hand) labelled: Floor, 9 Voussoirs, 1, 2, 3, 4, This Door &c / is in its proportions / like Vignola's book, Here is another example / that a design originally on a / large scale cannot be copied on a small scale / - the door in the present case would not be more than about 7 feet high, which would / be preposterously low 66 (in Soane's hand) some dimensions given; (verso, in Soane's hand) books (twice) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • May 1830
    (65, 66) 6 May 1830 (66 verso) 8 June 1829

Medium and dimensions

(65, 66) Pen, sepia, grey, olive green and pink washes, (66 verso: pen, pink and yellow washes) pricked for transfer on wove paper (359 x 265, 357 x 250)

Hand

(65, 66) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837) and (65, 66 verso) Soane

Notes

Drawing 65 shows the Duke Street entrance 'in its proportions like Vignola's book'. The reference is to Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola's Regola delli cinque ordini d'architettura, of which Soane owned at least seven different editions in Italian, French and English. The entrance is round-arched with double doors and a large fanlight. Soane's statement that 'here is another example that a design originally on a large scale cannot be copied on a small scale', as well as highlighting the inappropriateness of the Vignolan door to the new building, also refers to Goulburn's instruction to model the New State Paper Office on the Banqueting House (q.v. drawings 41-42). The entrance in drawing 66 is more loosely based on Vignola's and is adjusted for scale, being square-headed with a single door and no overlight. Both entrances employ the Doric order. Soane's detail on drawing 65 also shows a square-headed design - perhaps the initial thought that led to the design in drawing 66. The verso of drawing 66 has a preliminary design for the library with four semi-cylindrical skylights shown in section. The approved design has five square-based skylights (q.v. drawings 15-38).

Level

Drawing

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