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Reference number

SM 40/2/34


[52] Design for the ground floor, 1801


Plan of the ground floor


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Messrs Praeds & Co / Fleet Street, Design for the proposed New Banking House

Signed and dated

  • 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink and yellow washes, pricked for transfer within triple ruled sepia and black wash border on wove paper (718 x 529)


Soane Office


Hayes & Wise / 1799


The date of '1801' - along with the other inscriptions - was added to this drawing by a later hand, possibly that of the Museum's first curator, George Bailey. It may have been made at a later date. This suggestion is given weight by the pencil additions to the rear of the site which perhaps relate to designs for new offices that were made in February 1812. Another possibility is that the drawing was made in 1801 but the pencil alterations were added later. Alternatively it may be a copy of a drawing made in 1801.



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