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Reference number

SM 62/6/1


[5] Survey of the palace, grounds and vicinity with design for a new royal palace overlaid, 3 May 1827


Site plan


bar scale of 4/9 inch to 100 feet


labelled: St James Park, Queens Row, Arabella Row, Lower Grovesnor Row, Buckingham / Palace, Grovesnore Place, Green Park, Bason (sic), Lodges, Picadilly, St Georges / Hospitall (sic), Turn pike, Knightsbrige (sic), Hide (sic) Park

Signed and dated

  • 3 May 1827
    May 3rd 1827

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia, green, blue and light red washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (500 x 611)


John Nash (1752 - 1835)


Smith & Allnutt 1823


This site plan is dated 'May 3rd 1827' and attributed to John Nash, although the date may only relate to the pencil addition of a design for a new royal palace in the north west corner of Green Park (Constitution Hill). This seems likely, as 1827 was the year in which work began on new designs for a royal palace (for example, SM P93). Soane's design was based on Blenheim Palace and was proposed to fit within his projected processional route for the king. Originally intended as a response to Nash's unseating of Soane at Buckingham Palace, official encouragement was added by George IV's interest in Soane's designs while on show at the Royal Academy in 1827 (S. Sawyer, op. cit. above, p. 254).


S. Sawyer, 'The Processional Route', in M. Richardson and M. Stevens (eds), John Soane, Architect: Master of Space and Light, 1999, pp. 252-63.



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