(15-16, 18-19) bar scale (17) to a scale
15 Nov 15th 1797 / Either 3 or 4 / but 2 now / prefer 3 / omit. / dome / Nov: 15 / 11 at night, (Bailey) Sketches of Designs for the South side of the "Lothbury Court"
16 The Bank of Englanci, Sketch of a Design for the South side of "Lothbury Court", Pil., Pilas.
17 The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the South side of the "Lothbury Court", Col., Pil.
18 The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the South side of the "Lothbury Court", (pencil) Obs: Make Center of Arch / 6 Inches above [illegible] and dimensions given, (Soane, brown pen) Novr 16: 1797
19 The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the South side of the "Lothbury Court"
Signed and dated
(15) Nov: 14: 1797 (16) Lincolns Inn Fields November 15th 1797 (17) Novr 15. 1797 (18) Novemr 16th: 1797 (19) Nov. 15th 1797.
(15) Soane (16-19) Soane and Soane office
Each design in drawings 16 to 18 corresponds to one of Soane's rough elevations in drawing 15. These drawings give us an insight into Soane office practice. Soane produced the rough elevations on 14 November. Larger scale copies of these elevations were produced the following day. Then, Soane undoubtedly compared the designs, making rough alterations and inscriptions on the drawing. Late that evening (drawing 15), the architect noted his impressions (drawing 15) and requested that design number 3 be re-drawn without the dome (drawing 18).
The rough plan in drawing 15 indicates that the designs were to be part of an open courtyard. It was therefore intended that the gateway in these drawings would be only a half of one side of the elongated and asymmetrical Court.
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