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Reference number

SM (1) 1/1/9 (2) 1/1/10 (3) 1/1/11 (4) 1/1/12

Purpose

Presentation drawings for the Bank as designed by George Sampson, 1732 (4)

Aspect

1 Plan of the ground floor, showing two courtyards surrounded by offices 2 Elevation of the Hall facing the courtyard 3 Elevation of the Threadneedle Street façade 4 Longitudinal section

Scale

(1-4) bar scale

Inscribed

1 Plan labelled: Court, Porter (twice), Hall, Director's room, Committee, passage, Court, Accountant's Office, Drawing Room, Secretary, Accountant's office, Gold & Silver / Warehouse, Warehouse / Cash, and dimensions of rooms given

Signed and dated

(1-4) 1732

Medium and dimensions

(1-4) Pen and wash, within double ruled pen and wash border, on wove paper (341 x 515, 322 x 533, 355 x 478, 328 x 526)

Hand

(1-4) Sampson office

Watermark

(2) [Turkey] Mill Kent

Notes

Sampson's Threadneedle Street front is probably modelled on the Queen's Gallery at Somerset House, believed at the time to have been designed by Inigo Jones. Sampson would have known the building first hand from working as a Clerk of Works at Somerset House. The variation in treatment on the façade indicates the function of the rooms within: the ground floor was more for utility whereas the principal storey contained the public, and lavishly decorated, transfer halls.

The public rooms of the Bank were towards the front of the site as the more private offices were around the administrative quadrangle towards the back. Transfer offices were on the first floor of the entrance building. The Pay Hall occupied a prominent position facing visitors as they entered the front court. Daniel Abramson states that the temple-like front of the Pay Hall resembles popular country house architecture of the time and yet the principal storey was on the ground floor, recalling the 17th century classicism of Wren and his followers. Drawing 2 shows, in pencil, the figure of Britannia upon the pediment. Robert Taylor (1714-88) executed the carving in the 1740s.

Literature

D. Abramson, Building the Bank of England, 2005, pp. (9) 44-45 (10, 11) 48 (12) 47

Level

Drawing

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