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George Edmund Street RA and Richard Norman Shaw RA, Design for alterations and additions, including Refreshement Room (restaurant) to Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London: first floor plan
George Edmund Street RA and Richard Norman Shaw RA, Design for alterations and additions, including Refreshement Room (restaurant) to Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London: first floor plan

Design for alterations and additions, including Refreshement Room (restaurant) to Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London: first floor plan, c. 1881

Attributed to George Edmund Street RA (1824 - 1881) and Attributed to Richard Norman Shaw RA (1831 - 1912)

RA Collection: Art

This delicate tracing has been attributed to G.E. Street RA and R. Norman Shaw RA on the basis that it corresponds to the description of alterations and additions that Street and Shaw as the architect-members of the Building Committee submitted to the Council of the Royal Academy on 19 July 1881.

The main feature of this design is the Refreshment Room, the new restaurant, on the west side. However, the other major feature of the scheme as carried out, the adjacent staircase, today known as the Norman Shaw Staircase, does not appear in this design.

Other suggested alterations of the design include the creation of toilets behind the Diploma Gallery staircase, which were built, as well as the large unexecuted reordering of the Saloon, on the drawing inscribed as the 'Council Room', which purpose it served at the time, that included the blocking up of the north door from the landing and the creation of two outer doors instead, the demolition, or probable moving, of the east and west walls, and the insertion of four columns within the room.

Although not in Shaw's hand, this drawing was in his possession and forms part of the R. Norman Shaw RA Collection.

Object details

Title
Design for alterations and additions, including Refreshement Room (restaurant) to Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London: first floor plan
Architect/designer
Attributed to George Edmund Street RA (1824 - 1881) and Attributed to Richard Norman Shaw RA (1831 - 1912)
Date
c. 1881
Object type
Architectural design
Medium
Black ink and pink wash, with pencil added, on tracing paper
Dimensions

350 mm x 748 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
15/1645
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