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Reference number

SM (152) 82/1/85 (153) 82/2/33 (154) 82/2/34 (155) 82/2/36 (156) 82/2/35

Purpose

Designs and working drawings for the iron railings, January 1833 (5)

Aspect

152 Plan of the elevations, outer areas and iron railings and part elevation of the iron railings to the east of the new building; (verso) detail of Stone Curb & Iron Railing to Area 153 Part plan and part elevation of the railings 154 Part plan and part elevation of the railings 155 Plan and elevations of the steps to the main entrance and iron railings 156 Plan and elevations of the steps to the main entrance and iron railings

Scale

(152) to a scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot (153) bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot (154) to a scale of 1 inch to 1 foot (155) bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot (156) to a scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

152 labelled: North Front next Horse Guards, The Iron Railing in this & the West Front to be 3.6 high, Arrear Office, Duke Street, The Curb this side 10½'' thick, The railing to stop at A / The Railing to stop at B, Gate, Mr Farquhars House, Garden, The Curb this Side 9'' thick and dimensions given; (verso, pencil) Measure the Paving 155 labelled: The Top rail not to be inserted in the Stone / Standards 1½ Sqe / Railing Bars 1 Sqe / Bottom Rail 1½ Sqe / Top Rail 2¾ by ¾ (red pen) To range with the top of the Pedestal 11 Jany 1833 and some dimensions given 156 some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • January 1833
    (155) (in Soane's hand) J.S. / 10 Jany 1833

Medium and dimensions

(152) pen, pink, grey, blue and yellow washes (verso: pen, blue and yellow ochre washes), pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks and four modern repairs (428 x 526) (153, 154) pen, pink, grey and sepia washes, pricked for transfer (153) on wove paper (499 x 362) (154) on thin wove paper with two fold marks (499 x 356) (155) pen, sepia, pink, black and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (499 x 629) (156) pen, pink, blue and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (499 x 629)

Hand

(152) unattributed (153-156) Soane office

Watermark

(152) J Whatman Turkey Mill 1827 (153) Smith & Allnutt 1830

Notes

The iron railings surround the north, east and west of the new State Paper Office (the south part being bounded by Mr Farquhar's house). There are lanterns on either side of the main entrance on Duke Street, variant designs for which are shown on drawings 153 and 154, but each is topped with a crown. The railings are 3 feet high at this part of the building and are inserted into the curb, making the total height approximately 3½ feet. On drawings 155 and 156 the railings do not follow the steps to the pavement but stop at the point where the railings running north-south meet the steps, about half way between the street and the entrance.

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