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SM 9/4/4


Drawing of layout of desks and counters as realised, made for publication


50 Plan of the Desks and Counters of the Bank Stock Offices


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, Bank of England / By John Soane

Signed and dated

  • London April 1796 Engraved and Published by George Richardson and Son

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil, pricked for transfer, within single-ruled pen border on laid paper (468 x 352)


George Richardson and Son


C Taylor and horn within crowned cartouche and below, Patent


The drawing, showing the plan of the hall with its desks and counters as executed, was done, along with drawing 49, in preparation for cutting an engraving, indicated by the reversal of the opening to the adjacent Four Per Cent Office (for comparison see the nearly identical drawing 43).
There are some pencil sketches in the centre of the drawing showing the plan of the central, round stove, as well as the outline of the lantern and its supporting piers.



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