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image Image 1 for SM (60) archive 14/80/2 (61) archive 14/80/3
image Image 2 for SM (60) archive 14/80/2 (61) archive 14/80/3
image Image 3 for SM (60) archive 14/80/2 (61) archive 14/80/3
  • image Image 1 for SM (60) archive 14/80/2 (61) archive 14/80/3
  • image Image 2 for SM (60) archive 14/80/2 (61) archive 14/80/3
  • image Image 3 for SM (60) archive 14/80/2 (61) archive 14/80/3

Reference number

SM (60) archive 14/80/2 (61) archive 14/80/3

Purpose

Studies for triple-domed hall with column-flue (2)

Aspect

60 Rough interior perspective and (verso) upward perspectives, plans and section 61 Rough interior perspective

Signed and dated

(60-61) datable to 11 December 1791

Medium and dimensions

(60) Pencil and (verso) brown pen and hatching on laid secretary paper with three fold marks (206 x 320) (61) Brown pen and pencil on laid secretary paper with three fold marks (345 x 205)

Hand

(60-61) George Dance (1741-1825)

Watermark

(60) Britannia with spear, shield and olive branch in crowned roundel and a bell below, and part of W (61) Britannia with spear, shield and olive branch in crowned roundel

Notes

The perspectives of drawing 61 and on the recto of drawing 60 are two of several studies by Dance for a triple-dome hall with column-flue (drawings 61-63) similar to the preliminary designs Soane submitted to the Bank's directors on 24 November and 6 December 1791 (drawings 1-3, and Bank of England Museum drawings M39 i-iv). In drawing 60 the column-flue is articulated in three stages. In drawing 61 shows a Doric alternative for the column-flue and diamond patterning in the central bay's spandrels. However, these two studies feature three equal bays that ignore the arrangement of the existing foundations, unlike Soane's designs, as well as semicircular rather than segmental barrel-vaults in the side aisles. Dance continues to ignore the existing foundations.

On the verso of drawing 60 appear related studies for the column-flue and radial vault supporting the lantern roof above (similar to Dance's sketches in the margins of drawing 1), as well as various rough sketches for alternative plans featuring domes flanked by rectangular and oval vaulting, and one in pen for a square space outlined by piers in the hall's centre (as would eventually be realised).

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Drawing

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