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SM 10/8/11


Design for stove, as executed, dated 23 February 1793


48 Plan and Elevations of the Pedastal of the stove


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


as above, Bank of England, Bank Stock Office, a key of A & B each in one stone, dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 23 Feb. 1793

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, pale red ink and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper with four fold marks (555 x 330)


Soane office


The drawing shows the stove in the centre of the hall as executed, a simpler version of the preliminary design in drawing 44 and closely resembling the stove in drawing 46.
The square stove functioned as a receptacle for the warm air heated in the firebox below, as shown in drawing 46, and rested on a circular base. It stands 5 feet 1 inch and features projecting corners and a cylindrical top with circular vents. The modest ornament fits in with the rest of the hall: corner panels like the surrounding pilasters, a meander frieze patten like the hall's, and strigilation around the cylinder similar to the fascia in the dome.
This would seem to be part of the heating system installed by A. Ramellie in April 1793.


A. Bolton, The Works of Sir John Soane, 1924, p. 64; T. Willmert, 'Heating methods and their impact on Soane's work: Lincoln's Inn Fields and Dulwich Picture Gallery', Journal of Society of Architectural Historians, 52/1, March 1993, p. 31, fig. 5



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