bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot
as above, labelled: Closet (4 times), Step, Pump / to Water / Closet, to hold / Sedan / Chair, Coal Box, Cinders, Store for Coals, Dust hole, Lamp Lighter's / Shed, Bricklayer's / Shed, Engine house, Store Room, Carpenter's / Shop, Book Binder's / Stamp Shop, Smith's / Shop, Glazier's Shop, Carpenter's Shop
Signed and dated
Medium and dimensions
Pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (408 x 535)
J Whatman / 1804
The outbuildings are to the east of the original house, according to a plan in King's Works, V, p. 135. The large, octagonal building shown in this survey is the library, later converted into a chapel (now the site of the Queen's Gallery). The outbuildings include store sheds and workshops for various servants: the lamp lighter, the bricklayer, the carpenter, the book binder, the smith and the glazier. This survey was made after Soane's report in November 1816 in which he recommended rebuilding some of the outbuildings 'in a more corrected plan' (King's Works, VI, p. 262). In his ninth lecture to the Royal Academy, Soane had spoken of the 'domestic offices' at Buckingham House, which were 'arranged in the front of the main building, and connected therewith... but I cannot think it advisable to contract a large front... but would rather leave the opening clear and spacious' (quoted in Watkin, Enlightenment Thought, p. 620).
Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation