Design for the Proposed New Foreign Office: Front next St. James’s Park

1856 (engraved)

John Smith Heaviside

Height: 17.8 cm, Width: 26.7 cm

E.1135-1965 PDP

Wood engraving by John Smith Heaviside (1812-1864). Design for the proposed New Foreign Office by George Gilbert Scott. 1856. Possibly a plate from The Builder. Lettered with names of draughtsman and engraver and titled.

Design for the the proposed new Foreign Office showing the front next to St. James’s Park by George Gilbert Scott. Possibly a plate from The Builder. Lettered J. D. Wyatt Del J. S. Heaviside Sc. With title in letterpress.

This is the architect’s original design for the Foreign Office, which was placed third in the competition held in 1856. Lord Palmerston set aside the results of the competition, and in 1861 Scott’s new designs were accepted.

Location: Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case R, shelf 6, box C

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