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SM 62/6/2


[6] Survey of the north wing


Plan of the North Wing of Buckingham Palace as executed


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Entrance to Grand Staircase, Ranging line, Centre line of Tower, A Flue for Fire Place / Window opening, Opening for Sashes A / 2.9 to Top of Stone Sill (sic) / 8.0 from Sill to Soffit of Arch, Centre line of Wing and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on two sheets of wove paper, affixed, with two fold marks (570 x 1151)


Soane Office


The original north wing was built by Sir William Chambers in 1766-69. To this was added an extension for the Prince of Wales in 1776. The whole was rebuilt by John Nash in 1825-28 and altered between 1828-30. Soane, along with Jeffry Wyattville, Robert Smirke and Henry Hake Seward, was directed to prepare a report on the expense, condition and security of the palace on 18 March 1831. The report was submitted on 15 July with an estimate of £77,000 for completing the palace with an additional £12,000 for new offices. Edward Blore was appointed to complete the work.



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