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Reference number

SM (4) 9/1/17 (5) 9/1/18

Purpose

Street improvements proposed by the Corporation of the City of London to George Dance's designs, 1801 (2)

Aspect

4-5 Plans of improvements between the Bank of England and the proposed London Amphitheatre (Finsbury Circus)

Scale

(4-5) bar scale

Inscribed

4 Streets labelled including: Cornhill, Bartholomew Lane, Lothbury, Token House Yard, Angel Court, Copshall Court, Warnford Court, Little Bell Alley, Coleman Street, Moorfields, Little Moorgate, Wilson Street, South Street, and some dimensions given 5 Streets labelled as in drawing 4 and also showing Finsbury Square, Artillery Ground, City Road

Signed and dated

(5) Geo: Dance, Office of Works / Guildhall / March 1801

Hand

(4-5) George Dance (1741-1825)

Notes

Drawings 4 and 5 show the same design as drawings 1 to 3, including the Bank's intended north-west extension in grey wash. Two broad streets extend north from the north-east and north-west corners of the Bank of England. According to the proposed scheme, the Bank of England's corners (including the Tivoli Corner) would have been major focal points marking the ends of the grand streets.

Literature

H. Colvin, Biographical dictionary of British architects, 1600-1840, 4th ed., 2008

Level

Drawing

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