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SM (17) volume 60/25


Presentation drawing of the Vestibule


17 Ground floor plan and interior perspective from the south


to a scale


(Bailey) Bank of England, View of the Vestibule leading to the Rotunda (now part of / the Treasury)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey, blue and yellow washes on laid paper (355 x 225)


Soane office


Drawing 17 shows an interior perspective of the Vestibule. Visitors to the Rotunda and the four transfer halls used this entrance. The Vestibule is wide and short. It was intended to traffic many members of the public as they came in and out of the public halls and, consequently, endure heavy footfall while reassuring its investors with a reliable and refined neoclassical representation.



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