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SM (6) volume 75/21


Presentation drawing showing decoration of the interior, 1791 (1)


6 Section of the Vestibule into the Rotunda


to a scale


(Bailey) as above, adjoining the Pay Hall Court erected in 1791 / added to the Treasury in 1815, The Bank of England

Signed and dated

  • 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey and yellow ochre washes, on laid paper (468 x 585)


Soane office


Drawing 6 shows a hall of three bays, with the middle bay top-lit by a lantern dome. The dome is supported by four semicircular arches, with the same number of Ionic columns supporting the corners. The spandrels of the arches are richly decorated with a cornucopia motif. The lantern is glazed as well as is top-lit in the center of its roof.



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