The New Public Offices at Whitehall

J Marchant
Henry Adlard

Coloured engraving

published 1847-1848
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Downing Street

    This engraving shows the then newly completed Treasury building in Westminster. The building is now known as the Old Treasury and mostly houses the Cabinet Office. This building was designed by the architect Charles Barry, but also incorporates parts of an earlier structure by Sir John Soane, as well as fragments of Henry VIII’s original Whitehall Palace, such as his tennis courts, a fireplace and some turrets. Numerous prints of the building, like this example, were published shortly after it opened in 1847.

    The lettering on the print indicates that it was used as an illustration for the ‘Stationers' Almanack’. The Stationers' Company began publishing their ‘Almanack’ in 1747. It consisted of a single printed sheet, which included an image of a significant event of the previous year at the top and a calendar beneath, listing the dates of important forthcoming events. As in this example, the images were also published without the attached calendar. Other artists who made drawings for the Almanack include landscape engraver and draughtsman Thomas Higham and engraver and watercolour painter Edward Duncan.

  • About the artist
    Henry Adlard was a stipple and line engraver, mainly of landscapes by contemporary artists. However, he also made numerous engravings after portraits of his contemporaries, as well as engraving bookplates. Adlard engraved some of the illustrations, drawn by William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854), for both ‘American Scenery’ (1840) written by Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867) and ‘The Ports, Harbours, Watering-Places, and Coast Scenery of Great-Britain’, by William Beattie (1842).
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  • Details
    Title
    The New Public Offices at Whitehall
    Date
    published 1847-1848
    Medium
    Coloured engraving
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Harrington Bros., April 1980
    GAC number
    14983