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Reference number

SM (102) 82/2/5 (103) 82/2/4 (104) 82/2/3

Purpose

Designs for the ground, first and attic floors, ?May 1831 (3)

Aspect

102 Plan of the Principal Story of the New State Paper Office / in Duke Street Westminster 103 Plan of the One Pair Story of the New State Paper Office / in Duke Street Westminster 104 Plan of the Attic Story of the New State Paper Office / in Duke Street Westminster

Scale

(102-104) bar scales of 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

102 as above, labelled: The Army Arrears Office, Duke Street, Mr Farquhar, Saint James' Park, North, Entrance Hall, (pencil) Messenger, Bookbinder, Principal / Staircase, Mr Hobhouse, Ch[imne]y (twice), Mr Lemon, Board Room 103 as above, labelled: Army Arrear Office, North, West, (pencil) Clerks Room, Chy (4 times), Water / Closet, Principal Staircase, Library 104 as above, labelled: Chy (6 times), Landing (twice), Principal Staircase, Upper part of the Library

Medium and dimensions

(102-104) Pen, pink, blue, grey and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (513 x 527, 514 x 527, 503 x 528)

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(102-104) Smith [& Allnutt]

Notes

Soane had originally intended for the library to be composed of 3 separate rooms but he was instructed to change this design for one long room (drawings 22, 30 and 38). Soane worried that this change increased the risk of fire damage, since a fire is much more difficult to control in a larger space. Having expressed his anxiety to Henry Hobhouse, who was apparently too preoccupied with politics to respond, the architect effected his own compromise by dividing the library into 3 separate, double-height compartments (drawings 103-104). (S. Palmer, 'Sir John Soane and the design of the new State Paper Office', Archivaria, 60, 2005, p. 55).

Level

Drawing

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