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image SM (76) P90

Reference number

SM (76) P90


Presentation drawing of a design for the New State Paper Office, 1830-31


76 Perspective from Duke Street with plan and section through the rear (west side) of the building

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey and sepia washes on wove paper (735 x 1295)


Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843)


Drawing 76 was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1833 (No 996). However, the drawing shows the building as designed in 1830-1 and not quite as executed. The design of the building most closely matches drawing 73 (q.v.) and although that drawing shows the north elevation, which is not visible on drawing 76, both designs share common features. The window surrounds on the ground and first floors, for instance, are identical to those on drawing 73. The same can be said of the chimney stacks, the quoins and the 'pantiled' eaves. Designs from the middle of 1831 show that by that time all of these features had changed. The design of the three central windows on the south front had also evolved.

Nicholas Savage writes that drawing 76 'is probably unique in the history of architectural representation in showing the ground plan, section and view of a building as distinct images combined into a single, unified space' (N. Savage, 'Exhibiting architecture: strategies of representation in English architectural exhibition drawings, 1760-1836', in D. H. Solkin (ed.), Art on the Line, 2001, p. 211).



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