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SM (1) 1/7/9 (2) volume 75/68


Design for the Barracks, 1791 and 1796 (2)


1 West elevation showing two storey building of five bays and round-headed windows on both floors, flanked on both sides by rusticated arched portals and surmounted by a shallow hipped roof; central window in main building is surrounded by rusticated arch 2 Elevation as in drawing 1, with erasure marks over some cannon balls


(1-2) to a scale


1 (Bailey) Elevation of the East side of Barrack Court, The Bank of England, (William Gosling) Began the 14th & finished the 16- (sheet trimmed), (Soane office) correct before the attic was added / and as it is present, (Arthur Bolton) old Barracks 1791 / afterward the Library / later Barracks 1805 (verso) The Bank / Elevation of the Barracks 2 The Bank of England, The Elevation of the Barracks

Signed and dated

  • (1) William Gosling. 16th August 1791 (2) March 28th 1796

Medium and dimensions

(1) Pencil, pen and grey wash, on laid paper (485 x 590)


(1) William Gosling and Soane office (2) Soane office



See also drawings 11/5/4-7 for Soane's Royal Academy Lecture drawings of the Barracks. The building's heavy rustication, sturdy structure and military motifs communicated its function.



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