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image SM (79) 82/1/96

Reference number

SM (79) 82/1/96


Working drawing for the foundations, August 1830


79 Section of Ground at / New State Paper Office


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Broken Granette (sic), Old Bricks, Landing, New Brick Work, Peat Earth, Water level, Mould & loose Rubbish, Gravel line in the Park and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • August 1830
    August 13th 1830

Medium and dimensions

Pen, yellow, pink, sepia, grey and blue washes, pricked for transfer on thin wove paper with four fold marks (664 x 559)


?clerk of works or contractor


Its rough quality and condition reveal drawing 79 to be a working drawing used on the site of the New State Paper Office. The subject is once again the foundations of the new building, which are stepped and consist of 'broken granette' (sic), 'old bricks', a 'landing' of York stone and 'new brick work' and are 20 feet deep.



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