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SM (2) 10/8/18 (3) 10/8/17


Designs for stoves, one dated November 1789 (2)


2 Elevations and specification, in Soane's hand 3 Two elevations and a plan; (verso) elevation of a chimney piece


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2 The Bank of England, (Soane) Each front including bases and Capitals / in one piece - / Architrave, Cornice & Blocking in one / piece, To be completed by the 20th of Decr next.; (verso) Novr 1789 / Elevations of Stoves at Bank (pencil) Bank Stock Office, Vestibule, top of Colonnade 3 The Bank of England, 1:6; (verso) dimensions

Signed and dated

  • (2) (Soane) Nov 1789


(2) Soane and Soane office (3) Soane office


The stove in drawing 2 is not a characteristically Soanean design and it would have fitted well inside Robert Taylor's south-west wing of small parlours. The Bank bill books records an unusually high number of stoves ordered at the end of the year in 1790. Good heating was a reccuring concern for the directors, influencing many of Soane's designs throughout his surveyorship at the Bank. The stoves recorded for 1790 vary in design. The most expensive, for £13 13s Od is described as a Patent Register Stove / with black Japanned fronts / molding and button and bead / outside, knee'd plate and / button and bead inside steel / Check plates and pillars, measuring 3 feet 5½ inches wide and 2 feet 2 inches high. Another, costing £2 12s 6d was described as a high Metal forest stove / 20" coved Barr plain moulding / for fret 3'17"¾ for Exchequer Offic[e].

Drawing 3 is a design for a freestanding stove, possibly for the middle of a top-lit banking hall. The stove is trefoil in plan, ornamented with an Ionic column at each corner. The top of the stove has a strigilated cylindrical plinth supporting a figurative statue of Britannia, surrounded by three couchant lion statues. The verso of drawing 3 has a variant design for a chimney piece (SM 81/1/46, see drawing 9 in scheme 6).



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