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  • image SM volume 74/13

Reference number

SM volume 74/13


Longitudinal section and wall elevation with segmental lunettes, as executed


16 Longitudinal section looking west


to a scale


The Bank of England, Section of the Bank Stock Office, (pencil) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1792

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and sepia wash on wove paper with four fold marks (528 x 645)


Soane office


The drawing shows the structure, dimensions and decoration of the Bank Stock Office more or less as executed, here shown in a longitudinal section looking towards the west wall with its right-hand door leading into the adjacent Four Per Cent Office and blank door to the left maintaining the symmetry of the elevation.
The drawing stresses decoration, clearly showing the Greek-key fretting along the very narrow frieze moulding, the rosettes and panels on the arch soffits, the striated pendentives, and lion's-mask rosettes in the spandrels.
Some very light sketches, presumably by Soane, show a central stove and column-flue, demonstrating that the column-flue scheme remained a possibility up until the end of the design process. There are some other faint, unidentifiable miscellany sketches in the margins.



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