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  • image Image 1 for SM (32) volume 74/43 (33) volume 74/44
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  • image Image 1 for SM (32) volume 74/43 (33) volume 74/44
  • image Image 2 for SM (32) volume 74/43 (33) volume 74/44

Reference number

SM (32) volume 74/43 (33) volume 74/44


Working drawings for lantern piers (2)


32 Elevation and section for base and shaft of lantern pier 33 Elevation and section for lantern pier and roof junction


(32-33) full size


32 as above, The Bank of England, Bank Stock Offce, Pier of Lantern light (Full Size.), (pencil) a calculation and dimension given and (verso) Bank Stock Office, Plans and Elevations of / the Piers to the Lantern / Light the full size 33 as above, The Bank of Engand, Bank Stock Office / One of the Piers of Lantern light / (Full Size), ft:in / Extreme diameter of the Stone Kirb 29:6 / 2) 10 ¾ equals 1 2 ½ / Diameter on the Centre of the Iron Kirb 27: 8½ and (verso) Part of the Bank Stock / Office Roof

Signed and dated

  • (32-33) datable to 1792-93

Medium and dimensions

(32) Pen, pencil, pale red ink, sepia and pale blue washes on wove paper with three fold marks (638 x 532) (33) pen, pencil, pale red ink, sepia, olive green, burnt sienna and yellow ochre washes on wove paper with three fold marks (645 x 523)


(32-33) attributed to William Lodder (assistant 1789-?) or Charles Ebdon (assistant 1791-1792)


Drawing 32 shows at full-size the pedestal and bottom of the pilaster-strip shaft of one of the twelve identical, fourteen-inch wide, piers ringing the hall's lantern and supporting its circular roof. Drawing 33 shows the junction of the lantern pier and the roof, also at full-size, concentrating particularly on the way the edge of the pitched roof is anchored and bolted into the projecting cornice of the pier by a five-inch pin. This joint is shown at a smaller scale in drawing 34.
In a pair of pencil sketched plans in the upper margin of drawing 32, the pier's octagonal plan alternates long and short sides so as to form a diamond. Into the short, inner side is set an arched brace helping to support the lantern ceiling. On the drawing, this inner face is cut away to show the profile of one of the arch braces delineated by a narrow vertical field of blue wash. Drawing 33 shows one of the wide faces of the octagonal piers ornamented as a pilaster strip, as executed.
As executed, the piers omitted the curved base beneath the shaft and in between the pedestals was placed a continuous sill (see drawing 49).



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