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Reference number

SM 1/8/8


Composite record drawing of ceiling and interior, as executed


51 Top: interior perspective looking east Middle: reflected-ceiling plan Bottom: interior perspective looking north


drawn to a scale

Signed and dated

  • datable to September 1796

Medium and dimensions

(top, bottom) Pen and blue, yellow ochre, raw umber and sepia washes, partly pricked for transfer, within single-ruled pen border on laid paper (middle) pen and sepia wash, partly pricked for transfer, within single-ruled sepia wash border on laid paper (665 x 458)


Robert Smirke (1781-1867, pupil 1796-97)


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and below, G R 1794 Edmeades & Pine 1794


Drawing 51 is dated and attributed based on a comparison with drawing 53 produced on 21 September 1796 by Robert Smirke, a pupil in Soane's office and later a well-known architect in his own right.
With its two views and reflected-ceiling plan of the hall as built, the drawing appears to be the original for the nearly identical drawings 52-53, all drawings done for Soane's personal record and pleasure.


E. Schumann-Bacia, John Soane and the Bank of England, 1991, p. 56, ill. 42



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