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Reference number

SM (77) 82/1/63 (78) 82/1/62

Purpose

Working drawings for the old and new buildings, July 1830 (2)

Aspect

77 Plan of the intended State Paper Office / upon the Old Site where old House / originally stood 78 Plan of the Old / & new Foundation of / State Paper Office

Scale

(77, 78) bar scales of 1/9 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

77 as above, labelled: Area (3 times), (pencil) Vaults, Duke Street and dimensions given 78 as above, labelled: Area (twice), Vaults, Duke Street and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • July 1830
    (77) L.I.F. / July 2nd 1830 (78) July 5th 1830

Medium and dimensions

(77) Pen, grey and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (270 x 522) (78) pen, grey and pink washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (301 x 484)

Hand

(77, 78) ?clerk of works

Watermark

(78) W Weatherley 1829

Notes

Drawings 77 and 78 show how Soane's new building is much more compact and regular than the old house. More importantly, they show that the new building is insulated - that is, free-standing - whereas the former house had shared a party wall with the Army Arrears Office to the east. Soane increased the width of the passageway between the old building and Mr Farquhar's house from 4'6'' to between 11'6'' and 12'. The reason for this was almost certainly to better secure the New State Paper Office against the risk of fire.

Level

Drawing

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