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Reference number

SM (67) 82/1/57


Design for the south front, May 1830


67 Elevation of the south front; (verso) Plans of House No 9 Upper Wimpole Street


(recto and verso) bar scales of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


4.3 (3 times), 7.6 (twice); (verso) as above, labelled: Ground Floor, Basement, Area, Basement, Butlers / Pantry, Housekeepers / Room, Wine Cellar, Kitchen, Scullery, Knives and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • May 1830
    11 May 18[30]; (verso) 5th April 1829

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, yellow ochre, black and pink washes, (verso: pen, sepia and grey washes) pricked for transfer on wove paper (473 x 487)


(recto and verso) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)


The recto of drawing 67 shows Soane trying out different designs for the windows at the centre of the ground and first floors on the south front of the building. The balustrades between the chimneys have been scratched out, as have the tops of the windows on the ground and first floors. In pencil at the top left of the elevation the parapet has been disguised behind an entablature resembling sloped eaves. On the verso is a survey drawing for No 9 Upper Wimpole Street. SM 38/1/7 (not yet catalogued) shows the 'drawing room floor' and the 'bed chamber floor'. (See P. Dean, Sir John Soane and London, 2006, p. 233).



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