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SM volume 42/176


Study for four-bay alternative scheme with lantern dome and cross-vaults


69 Rough plan, longitudinal section looking east and structural detail


Pl / clk (Principle Clerk)

Signed and dated

  • datable to 11 December 1791

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen on laid secretary paper (202 x 319)


George Dance (1741-1825)


crowned GR, and part of W


The plan and section, like drawing 68, shows a combination of lantern dome and cross-vaults. However, as the section shows, Dance here eliminates the lunettes beneath the lantern dome, bringing the scheme closer to the eventually realised design of the hall's central aisle.
The plan was quickly sketched and does not take into account the true dimensions of the existing hall (unlike drawing 65). If Taylor's existing bay system and foundations were to be reused, three equal squares over the central aisle could not be delineated, as shown in the section. Instead, in the executed version, the centre aisle features a square crossing and rectangular end-bays.


D. Abramson, Building the Bank of England: money, architecture, society 1694-1942, 2005, p. 105



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