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image SM volume 74/14

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SM volume 74/14


Design for roof, as executed


27 Plan of the roof, Section on the Line A B, Elevation to the East & West Front / from E to F & G to H, Section on the Line C D and (verso) section of the paving above the corner arches


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot (verso) half full size


as above, The Bank of England, Roof of the Bank Stock Office, a key A B C D E F G H and (verso) Bank Stock Office / Plans of Upper Parts, (pencil) Puddle stone / York paving over arches - 1/2 full size

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1792-93

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, pale red ink, sepia and raw umber washes on wove paper with three fold marks (538 x 660)


Soane office


The drawing shows the structure of the roof as executed including: the vaulting of the side-arms, the top of the corner bays, the clerestory lunettes, the central pendentive dome, the lantern, the stone parapets along the east and west fronts, and in the plan the layout of the existing balusters and pedestals along Bartholomew Lane by Taylor.
Lightly penciled small circles in the plan around the interior of the dome delineate the position of the lantern posts above. At the top of the sheet is a pencil sketch of the lantern's overhang, in large scale.



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