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Cast of the cipher JAMB from the Old Board of Trade Offices, Whitehall

c.1824

Plaster cast

Museum number: M34

Curatorial note

The earliest inventories of the Museum describe this as a cast of 'part of the decoration of the ceiling of the Board Room of the Old Board of Trade Offices in Whitehall taken down in 1824 and refixed in the Board Room of the New Offices of the Board of Trade erected in 1826, on the site of the old buildings'. The Old Board Room had a coved ceiling with a central dome. The ceilinng was decorated with wreaths and foliage with these initials JAMB (James and Anne, Duke and Duchess of Monmouth and Buccleuch),in the corners, surmounted by a ducal coronet. The ceiling is recorded in a number of survey drawings made by Soane (see in collections online by searching under Drawings and for London: Board of Trade) prior to the rebuilding of the Board of Trade to his designs.

This is an interesting example of Soane taking the opportunity of his rebuilding of the Board of Trade to organise the acquisition of a cast for his own collection.

Associated objects

50/2/27, source


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