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Reference number

SM (243a) 37/1/1


Design for improvements to Whitehall and Westminster


243a Plan of a Design for Improvements at Whitehall &c by Sir John Soane


bar scale of 5/9 inch to 10 feet


as above, labelled: River Thames, Westminster Bridge, Embankment, Cotton Garden, Abingdon Street, Garden, Mews, Old Palace Yard, House of Lords, House of / Commons, Westminster Hall, New Palace Yard, St Margarets St, Bridge Street, Bridge Court, Cannon Street, Manchester Buildings, Derby Ct, Derby St, Parliament Street, Privy Garden, Whitehall / Chapel, Whitehall, Horse Guards, Secretary / of States / Office, Treasury, Treasury / Yard, Downing St, Fludyer (sic), King Street (twice), Crow (sic), ----- (illegible), Gardners Lane, George Yard, Great George St, Little George St, School, Sessions / House, Garden Square, St Margarets / Church, Westminster Abbey, Henry VII / Chapel, Poets Corner, Chapter / House, Little / Cloister, Little Deans Yard, Cloisters, Deans Yard, Deans Street, Tothill St, Longditch or Prince Street, Bennet St, Dartmouth / St, Queen St, Mews, Storeys Gate, St James Park, Delahay St, Duke Street, St James Park, Parade

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, blue, green and light red washes, pricked for transfer within multi-ruled sepia and black wash border on wove paper (241 x 448)


Soane Office


Soane saw the building of the Board of Trade and Privy Council Offices on Whitehall as an opportunity to "improve" the Westminster area by widening King Street to create a vista from Whitehall to Westminster Abbey. A similar drawing is SM 49/5/39. This drawing, however, must have been made earlier as it does not show the Lords' committee rooms added to the Palace of Westminster in 1826-7.

Tom Drysdale, November 2014



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