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image SM 62/7/1

Reference number

SM 62/7/1

Purpose

[13] Survey of the ground floor of the buildings surrounding Brick Court, 6 February 1824

Aspect

Plan

Scale

bar scale of 1/14 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

labelled: A (twice), B (twice), First Stairs, Arch, Horn Court, Refer this Plan to a / Sketch on the other / side of the Paper, C, Dukes / Passage, Bank of England and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 6 February 1824
    Feby 6th 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pricked for transfer within six ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (523 x 727)

Hand

David Mocatta

Notes

The ground floor of the buildings surrounding Brick Court, in the north-west corner of the Upper Ward, contains service offices. In the south-east corner is the State Entrance, leading through to the great staircase. As the drawings supplied to Soane to make copies pre-dated James Wyatt's work, this drawing does not show his internal alterations which included a new great staircase in the imperial form. The note to 'refer this plan to a sketch on the other side of the paper' is curious as there is no drawing on the verso. It is possible that the note was copied from an earlier drawing.

Level

Drawing

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