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  • image SM 40/4/25

Reference number

SM 40/4/25


[10] Survey of the old building and design for the new building based on drawing [9]


Ground floor plan


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


W. A. Jackson Esqre, Design for the New Buildings in Fountain Court, labelled: Closet, Stairs, Chief Clerks / Parlor (sic), Fountain Court, Porter's / Lodge, Vestibule, Entrance, Staircase, Warehouse (4 times), Trunk Light, Court (3 times), Compting / House (twice), Strong / Closet (twice), Stairs; (verso, pencil): W. A. Jackson Esqre

Signed and dated

  • 9 July 1804
    July 9th 1804

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and blue washes, pricked for transfer with sepia wash border on stout wove paper with three fold marks (729 x 930)


Soane Office


Joseph Ruse Tovill Mill Maidstone / 1803


This large-scale and bordered drawing was probably produced for presentation to the client, William Adair Jackson. It shows a design for the new building, essentially the same as that in drawing [9], drawn over a survey of the old buildings. In contrast to drawing [9] the warehouses have gained extra columns for additional structural support. The right edge of the drawing has been trimmed off and so this part of the border is missing. Sanserif typography was a common feature of Soane's presentation drawings.



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