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Reference number

SM 62/6/3


[7] Survey of part of the front facing St James's Park


Elevation of part of the Front next St James's Park of Buckingham Palace; (verso) design for the ceiling of the Library-Dining Room at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot; (verso) bar scale of 7/12 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: from Floor to Floor, hight from sill to head (sic) and dimensions given; (verso, pencil): Qy ?Guide, Part ------ (illegible) Arch and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (verso) 10th July 1832 / LIF

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and blue-grey washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (527 x 742)


(recto and verso) Soane Office


Smith & Allnutt 1823


According to M. H. Port (King's Works, VI, pp. 265-6), the elevation of the palace 'owed much to French neo-classical influences, shown especially in the external panels of sculpture,' as well as the colonnaded quadrangle and Corinthian portico-cum-porte cochère. This drawing shows the main, east elevation with paired columns at ground level (baseless Doric) and first floor level (Corinthian). The sculpture, which is not shown on this drawing, would have filled the panels above the windows, below the pediment and within the tympanum.



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