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image SM volume 74/23

Reference number

SM volume 74/23


Survey drawing of north end, as existing, used as model for renovating Taylor's two old Transfer Halls, dated 1818


57 Section of the Bank Stock Office and (verso, feint pencil) studies of arched bays


to a scale


as above, The Bank of England, (These dimensions taken in 1818.), dimensions and (pencil) calculations given and (verso, pencil) 4 Per Cent

Signed and dated

  • datable to August or September 1818

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and sepia wash on wove paper with three fold marks (511 x 639)


F. Copland (pupil 1817-1820)


The drawing surveys the state of the hall in 1818, including the door added in 1798-99 to the north wall leading to the Consols Transfer Office. The office Day Book records the pupil F. Copland drawing a section of the Bank Stock Office from 31 August to 7 September 1818.
In 1818, Soane began renovating Taylor's old Four and Five Per Cent Offices, south and southwest of the Bank Stock Office. He used the Bank Stock Office as a general model, which explains the existence of this survey drawing and the careful measurements inscribed in pen.
Pencil studies in the margins detail the Greek key ornamentation, the plan of the lantern, and the section of the roof. A lower position for the clock is also sketched-in. The pencil studies on the verso inscribed 4 Per Cent, clearly relate this drawing to the 1818 renovation.



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