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Reference number

SM 40/4/19


[5] Design for the new building


Ground floor plan


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


Messrs Peters & Co, Design for the New Buildings in Fountain Court, labelled: Strong / Closet, Door, Counting House, Warehouse (4 times), (pencil) Irish / Co[unting] Ho[use], (pencil) Shippg / Co[unting] Ho[use], (pencil) Entce, Porters Room, Court (3 times), 2nd Office, 1st Office and (pencil) some illegible inscriptions

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia, light red and blue washes, pricked for transfer with triple ruled sepia and black wash border on wove paper with two fold marks (508 x 693)


Soane Office


1794 / J Whatman


This drawing shows a development of the previous design [4] which retains the curved facade (although it is here reduced to nine bays) but substantially alters the internal arrangement. The area given to the '1st' and '2nd' offices is greater than in the previous design. The most striking alteration, however, is the arrangement of the warehouses in a horseshoe-shaped plan which is an attempt to make full use of the irregular site while creating an element of regularity. Although this design has the appearance of a drawing that has been made for presentation to the client, Soane was clearly unsatisfied with the plan, making several alterations in pencil, mainly to the entrance hall, the staircase and the rooms either side of the main entrance.



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