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        Proposal for the Egyptian Hall, Picadilly, 1810

        English School, (19th century). Medium: ink on paper. Date: 1810. In 1810 John Mackay, oilman, applied for permission to build upon the vacant lot at 170-171 Picadilly that he was leasing from the Crown Estates; The proposal was to build houses on the western and eastern parts of the lot and in the middle to build an Egyptian Hall intended to house the museum of William Bullock (c.1773-1849); The central Egyptian Hall was designed by Peter Frederick Robinson (1776-1858) and the wings on either side by Samuel Pepys Cockerell (1754-1827); The construction of the building was completed in 1812 and served as a museum and exhibition hall until it was demolished in 1905 to make way for flats and offices; Provenance: Private Collection.


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