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Reference number

SM (180) volume 61/87 (181) volume 61/88 (182) volume 61/89 (183) volume 61/90 (184) volume 61/98

Purpose

Record drawings for the new State Paper Office: Elevations, as executed, September-October 1833 (5)

Aspect

180 Elevation of the Entrance Front 181 Elevation of the West Front 182 Elevation of the North Front 183 Elevation of the South Front 184 Longitudinal Section thro' Library &c looking south

Scale

(180-184) bar scales of 1/9 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

180-184 as above, labelled: New State Paper Office

Signed and dated

(180, 183) Lincolns Inn Fields Septr 1833 (181, 182, 184) L.I.F. Septr 1833

Medium and dimensions

(180) Pen, yellow ochre, sepia, black and olive green washes (183) and pink washes (184) and pink and blue washes on laid paper (293 x 477, 291 x 477, 291 x 477, 290 x 477, 292 x 478)

Hand

(180-184) Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)

Notes

These presentation drawings record the building as executed and are affixed in volume 61. The windows at the east end of the library are blocked up, as are the outer windows on the south front. At what stage this decision was made is not clear, but it might be explained by the need to reduce costs - the total expenditure on the building by November 1834 was £23,593 (King's Works, VI, p. 570). Alternatively, perhaps the room was overlit or more wall space was needed for shelves. The longitudinal section (drawing 184) as well as the presentation plans neatly show how the interior of the building was comparmentalised and how solid interior walls were built to prevent the spread of fire (S. Palmer, 'Sir John Soane and the design of the New State Paper Office', Archivaria, 2005, p. 56).

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