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  • image SM volume 62/20

Reference number

SM volume 62/20


Record drawing of hall, as executed, dated 12 October 1796


54 Longitudinal section looking west


(pencil) Section of Bank Stock Office

Signed and dated

  • (pencil) Smirke Octr 12 1796

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and light blue and sepia washes on laid paper (232 x 370)


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




The drawing shows the west side of the hall as executed, including the blank door to the left. It was produced less than a month after the view and plan also by Smirke, drawing 53, but is decidedly less polished. Drawing 49, and drawing M39(i) at the Bank of England Museum, provide better images of the hall's long, side wall. The drawing is mounted and numbered in a volume with other record drawings of Soane projects, produced for the architect's pleasure.



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